Associated Press Story:
'BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Panama defender Luis Moreno is facing sanctions after he kicked an injured owl that had landed on the field during a match for his Colombian club Deportivo Pereira against Atletico Junior.
The owl, which serves as a mascot for the Atletico Junior team and lives in the stadium, was being treated Monday at a local veterinary clinic in Barranquilla. The bird was expected to recover and had only a minor fracture to its right leg.
Fans of the Atletico Junior team shouted "murderer, murderer," after the incident on Sunday. The owl had landed injured near the corner of the field and was struck by a pass between Deportivo players, causing the referee to halt the game. Moreno then walked over and kicked it about three meters (yards) to get the owl off the pitch.
He said he did not know the bird was a good-luck charm for the opposition.
"I want to apologize to the fans," Moreno told reporters after the match. "I was not trying to hurt the owl. I did it (kicked) to see if it would fly."
Pereira club president Francisco Javier Lopez said the player would be punished and he could also face sanctions from Colombian football's governing body.
"It made me very angry that he kicked the little animal," said Atletico Junior player Luia Paez, who scored one of the goals in Atletico's 2-1 victory. "It was already injured by being struck by the ball. I said a bunch of awful thing to him (Moreno). I was really angry."
Animal welfare officials said no laws in Colombia exist against cruelty to animals.'
How cruel was that.
He obviously doesn't realise that hands can be quite useful and he could've picked the poor thing up instead of booting it off the pitch.
Nice bloke! I wonder if he does any charity work...
"Owls about that then!"
"He kicked it to see if it would fly"
One of the best quotes ever.
Not even a yellow card for wasting time...
only made the papers today!!!
was this a sports witness exclusive????????