Football Players Nab PETA Award for Rescuing Bird Mid-Match

For Immediate Release:

22 June 2018


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Isco, Gerard Piqué Move Tiny Bird to Safety During World Cup Match Against Iran

London – Hero to Animals awards are on their way from PETA to Spanish players Francisco “Isco” Alarcón Suárez and Gerard Piqué for saving a bird during a FIFA World Cup game against Iran on Wednesday. The tiny bird was in the middle of the pitch and in danger of being stepped on when the two footballers jumped into action, first moving the bird onto the sidelines and then, when the little animal again found his or her way onto the pitch, encouraging the bird to fly away.

“PETA is recognising these compassionate football players for gently coaxing this little bird out of a dangerous situation and on his or her way to safety,” says PETA Director Elisa Allen. “No game is more important than someone’s life, and we hope their heroic actions will encourage everyone always to come to the aid of animals in need.”

Isco and Piqué will each receive framed certificates from PETA, whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”.

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