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Two top Spanish football players have been praised by vegan activists after they saved a tiny bird who flew onto the pitch during a World Cup fixture.

Francisco ‘Isco’ Alarcón Suárez and Gerard Piqué spotted the little animals during their game against Iran on Wednesday.

They held up play to move the bird, who was in danger of being stepped on, then encouraged him/her to fly away and off the pitch.

A viewer captured the players saving the bird

Compassionate

Leading vegan charity PETA is sending Isco and Piqué framed certificates in recognition of their act of kindness – describing the players as ‘animal heros’.

PETA Director, Elisa Allen, said: “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.

“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.”

Maria Chiorando

Maria is the editor of Plant Based News. As a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer, her work has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle.