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Football: Scottish football player shocked by Kazakh traditions

26 june 2012, 15:44
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Scottish football player Stuart Duff. Photo courtesy of news.bbc.co.uk
Scottish football player Stuart Duff. Photo courtesy of news.bbc.co.uk
30-y.o. Scottish football player Stuart Duff, who signed a contract with Almaty Kairat Football Club this winter, told Scottish journalists about Kazakh exotic traditions during his recent visit to his home country.

The football professional told about a dinner he had with Kairat Boranbayev, KazRosGas Company General Director and the owner of Almaty Football Club, in his interview to The Scottish Times, Tengrinews.kz reports, citing Megapolis.kz.

“I was having a meal with the president of the club and they brought out a boiled sheep’s head. They cut off the ears and gave them to the two most experienced players, who were sitting opposite of me. I was offered some other parts of the head, but I told them I just couldn’t eat them. The first few parts were given to the most respected people of the Club - to the captain and vice captain.

Some of the parts of the head were given specifically to people who "needed them". For example, parts of the tongue were given to people who were learning language and the eyes were given to people wearing glasses "to improve their eye-sight".

I was the third in line for my part, but I ended up just having some salad. They just smiled in response to my refusal. They understand that I am a representative of a different culture and nobody was offended,” the athlete said.

The Scottish Times reported that the Scottish football player was speaking highly of Kairat Boranbayev (“He was very polite and asked me to let him know if there was anything I needed.”) and about Almaty city (“it is a city with European face.”)

Duff was playing in Scotland during his entire professional carrier. He was caped for Dundee United in 1998-2008, Aberdeen in 2008-2010 and Inverness CT in 2009-2011. He agreed to join Malta’s premier-league Qormi Club in November 2011 to finish the season. Stuart participated in ten matches as part of U-21 Junior Scottish team in 2002-2003. The football player is described as an experienced European premier-league player, who is capable of strengthening a team as a midfielder and defender.

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