BRAZIL’S press officer shocked reporters after picking up a cat and throwing it on the floor.
The Brazilian was sat alongside Vinicius Jr at the time of the incident.
Vinicius was answering questions to the press when a cat jumped up to the table they were sitting at.
The Brazil star laughed at the cat’s presence as it chilled out during the press conference.
But the press officer decided to pick up the cat before dropping it in front of the desk.
The reporters present could be heard gasping in shock but the Brazilian looked puzzled as he shrugged his shoulders.
He quickly asked for the next question as Vinicius burst out laughing.
The 22-year-old appeared to ask the press officer why he decided to get rid of the cat and seemed to laugh out of shock.
Fans on social media were also shocked by the press officer’s actions, with one writing: “Why did he throw it???”
Another added: “He didn’t have to throw it like that.”
And a third said: “Why did he pick the cat up like that …. I hope Brazil don’t win the world Cup now 😒.”
Vinicus was speaking ahead of Brazil’s quarter-final clash with Croatia on Friday.
The Real Madrid winger scored in the previous round against South Korea, which Brazil won 4-1.