"Like a piece of garbage": Cat bothers Brazil-PK - and is thrown down by the spokesman
Created: 12/08/2022 11:46 am
By: Corbinian Kothny
A cat jumps onto the podium at a press conference of the Brazilian national team.
What happens next is not for everyone.
You don't see something like that every day.
During the Brazil press conference ahead of the quarter-finals against Croatia at the 2022 World Cup, an extremely curious scene took place.
At first everything seemed to be going according to plan and Vinícius Júnior dutifully answered the journalists' questions.
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Until an uninvited guest disrupts the press conference.
As the winger is speaking to the reporters present, a cat suddenly jumps onto the podium, drawing everyone's attention.
The 22-year-old laughed out loud while he was answering, and the Brazilian press spokesman looked a little puzzled when the cat spread out calmly on the podium.
Brazil's media chief throws the cat off the table - Vinícius Júnior looks irritated.
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First, Brazil's head of media strokes the head of the unusual guest, before he finally makes short work of it and grabs the cat's hump with both hands to simply throw it off the pedestal.
Vinícius Júnior, who is sitting next to him, looks a bit irritated throughout the whole action and a murmur goes through the room in the audience too.
When the spokesman noticed this, he briefly raised his hands in apology, but was undeterred and called the next journalist to answer his question.
After that, the press conference continued as normal.
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Not all users found the Brazilian media chief's action funny on the Internet.
On the Seleçao Twitter channel, some criticized the approach.
For example, one user writes: “He grabs the poor cat like a piece of garbage.
It is a living being.”
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He's not entirely wrong: Even if cat moms often transport their kittens with a well-aimed bite on the neck, the neck and spine of adult cats are not made for this.
The grip on the neck can lead to pain, stress and anxiety in the cat, explains the Industry Association for Pet Supplies (IVH).
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Another player at the World Cup might have reacted very differently to the incident.
As Frankfurt's Kolo Muani reported, his teammate Ousmane Dembele has a fear of cats.
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