Snakes on a pitch – Indian football club forced into reptile clean-up
• Over a dozen poisonous snakes invade Mohun Bagan's pitch
• 'I would be afraid of playing there again,' says midfielder
Ground staff at the Kalyani Stadium near Kolkata had some extra cleaning up to do at the weekend after more than a dozen poisonous snakes made their way on to the field shortly after Mohun Bagan's I-League football match against Arrows.
The Indian Express quoted local municipality chief PK Sur on Tuesday attributing the influx of snakes on to the field to the onset of summer heat in the area.
The venue is unlikely to be banned by the All India Football Federation, with its chief executive Sunanda Dhar saying: "We have instructed the authorities to take proper measures to ensure that snakes are removed from the premises of the stadium."
No players, or ball boys, were bitten Sunday as Bagan won 3-2. "I for one would be afraid of playing there again," said the Bagan midfielder Rahim Nabi.
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