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Russian Protesters Want To Render Hockey Ref’s Body Fat Into Soap, But Insist That’s Not A Death Threat

Russia beat Norway today, 4-0, to reach the men’s hockey quarterfinals: but not before a flurry of action in connection with a controversial non-goal vs. the U.S. on Saturday. Russia’s go-ahead goal with less than five minutes remaining was disallowed when it was determined that the goal net had been dislodged before the shot.

Mother Russia was not pleased, and there were even protests at the U.S. Embassy: which included some fans calling for referee Brad Meier (an NHL ref from the U.S.) to be “rendered into soap”.

Just because a group of people are doing something that symbolizes killing someone and rendering their fat to make soap, don’t take that the wrong way. The Russians insist that it will be a gentle rendering, filled with love.

Some of the fans participated in a Russian sports tradition of shredding soap, which is meant to symbolize killing someone and rendering their fat to make soap. The other interpretation is the soap used on a noose in a hanging.

While that sounds like a death threat, the fans insist it is light-hearted.

“Please don’t take it as a death threat,” Dmitry Chesnokov, writer for Puck Daddy, told Yahoo Sports.

Of course not. Love this quote:

Komsomolskaya Pravda, one of the country’s most popular newspapers, carried a photograph of the American goalie — a red circle drawn around his hand, which appears to be pushing one goal post backward — beneath the headline: “An American referee and the puppet international federation deprived us of a deserved victory.” One state-owned channel ran an hour-long talk show dedicated to the referee’s call.

In the ensuing two days, the rule has been changed (Tuck Rule < Puck Rule), and Russia went on to make the Final Eight anyway. But it's interesting that the only time the Russians question anything, it's about hockey. Anyway, this kind of makes up for that totally unfair Russian basketball victory over the U.S, in '72. Oh, who am I kidding? It doesn't even come close.

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