- Bugs have taken over the World Cup match between England and Tunisia, with players and supporters alike being swarmed by flies and mosquitoes.
- Before the match, players could be seen liberally applying bug spray in an effort to repel the annoying pests through the match.
- Three more matches are scheduled to be held at the arena before the end of the World Cup.
England and Tunisia both faced an unexpected challenge ahead of their World Cup match on Monday: bugs.
Swarms of flies and mosquitoes appear to have taken a liking to the conditions in Volgograd, where the game is being held, leaving players, reporters, and supporters all struggling with the presence of the pests.
Even on Sunday night, reporters looking to shoot from the stadium were struggling to get through their segments.
— Rachel Price (@NewsCamerawoman) June 17, 2018
First time for everything: Just had to abort going live on Sky Sports News with seconds to spare because of invasion of flies outside England team hotel. Big problem here in Volgograd. Helicopters have been spraying insecticide over the stadium this week
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) June 17, 2018
Volgograd Arena is located right off of the Volga River, where rising water temperatures and low wind has apparently created something of a perfect storm for the bugs looking to bother the athletes on the pitch.
When it came time to get ready for the match, players could be seen swatting at the incessant insects, and applied bug spray liberally throughout their opening workouts.
— ITV News (@itvnews) June 18, 2018
— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) June 18, 2018
Things weren’t any better to start the second half.
Fans watching the match had to deal with the bugs as well.According to the Guardian, security measures that normally banned liquids had to be relaxed in order to accommodate fans with bug spray looking to make it through the game without getting eaten alive.
— Scott D'Arcy (@DArcysj) June 17, 2018
Three more games are scheduled to take place at Volgograd Arena before the World Cup comes to a close, withe the next match scheduled for June 22 between Iceland and Nigeria. Hopefully officials can figure out a way to better contain the bugs before the opening whistle.
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