Footballer facing sanctions after kicking owl (VIDEO)

Luis Moreno Kicks Owl Video

Pereira defender Luis Moreno has caused outrage among animal rights groups and faces severe punishment after kicking an injured owl on the pitch during a Colombian championship match on Sunday.

The owl, a mascot for Atletico Junior, had landed injured after being hit by the ball. Then Moreno walked over and kicked it about 3 meters to get the bird off the pitch. According to local reports, fans chanted “murderer, murderer” at the Panama international after the incident. The poor creature, meanwhile, suffered a broken leg and was being treated at a veterinary clinic in Barranquilla.

Moreno later apologized for his actions.

VIDEO: Moreno kicks owl during Colombian league match