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Soccer player faces sanctions for kicking owl [Video]

February 28, 2011 | 12:38 pm

Panama defender Luis Moreno is facing sanctions for kicking an injured owl that was on the field during a soccer match Sunday.

The owl is a mascot for Panama's opponent, the Atletico Junior team. It had landed on the field and had already been hit by the ball during play when Moreno kicked it about 3 feet.

Fans of the Atletico Junior team shouted, "Murderer, murderer," after the incident. The owl suffered a minor fracture to its right leg and is expected to recover.

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.