Russian ice hockey membership AK Bars is going through backlash after relieving its cheerleaders, the “Bars Angels,” to give attention to a extra “family-friendly” environment at video games.
Former Bars Angels chief Rigina Barieva — who departed earlier than the membership relieved its cheerleaders — claimed group officers had been involved in regards to the gamers’ wives being jealous and upset over the Bar Angels’ presence at video games.
“The arguments had been that supposedly different individuals’s wives don’t react very properly to stunning women. Subsequently, the membership determined to desert the companies of the help group altogether,” Barieva said, in line with a number of Russian outlets.
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 scenario collectively.”
AK Bars’ press service advised 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 group’s earlier one, and added that the transfer additionally will increase seats for spectators.
The group has additionally denied that UFC legend Khabib Nurmagomedov’s latest feedback, through which he stated Octagon girls at fight events are “useless,” 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 towards Jokerit on Thursday.