Russian ice hockey membership AK Bars is dealing with backlash after relieving its cheerleaders, the “Bars Angels,” to concentrate on a extra “family-friendly” ambiance at video games.
Former Bars Angels chief Rigina Barieva — who departed earlier than the membership relieved its cheerleaders — claimed crew officers have been involved in regards to the gamers’ wives being jealous and upset over the Bar Angels’ presence at video games.
“The arguments have been that supposedly different individuals’s wives don’t react very effectively to lovely women. Subsequently, the membership determined to desert the providers of the help group altogether,” Barieva stated, in response to a number of Russian shops.
The cheerleader alleged that the choice to take away the squad was “not made all through Tatarstan,” and was particular to AK Bars. (The membership relies within the metropolis of Kazan in Russia’s Republic of Tatarstan).
The Bar Angels have since taken to Instagram to ask followers to “signal a petition which will facilitate our return,” including, “We don’t need to depart our residence membership! We love hockey and AK Bars! Let’s repair the present state of affairs collectively.”
AK Bars’ press service instructed Russian channel Match TV that they’re “taking a course in household values and cultural leisure” — and added the choice was not for financial causes. The membership stated Bar Angels had no chief after the departure of the crew’s earlier one, and added that the transfer additionally will increase seats for spectators.
The crew has additionally denied that UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov’s current feedback, through which he stated Octagon women at battle occasions are “ineffective,” sparked the choice to chop the cheerleaders, noting they “made the choice earlier.”
AK Bars, with out its cheerleaders, are scheduled to start out their new Kontinetal Hockey League (KHL) season in opposition to Jokerit on Thursday.