Moment footballers drop to the ground after swarm of bees invade pitch
Astonishing moment footballers drop to the ground after swarm of BEES invade pitch
- A football match in Portoviejo, Ecuador was dramatically interrupted by bees
- A swarm invaded the pitch causing players to drop down and lie on the ground
- No one was seriously hurt by the three bees and the game ended in a two-two tie
This is the astonishing moment a football match is interrupted when a swarm of bees enter the pitch causing players to drop to the ground.
The 22 players and match officials fall to their knees and lay down on the ground with their hands over their heads as the insects took over the stadium.
The bizarre invasion happened on Saturday at Liga de Portoviejo’s home match against second division side Manta in Portoviejo, Ecuador.
The game was held up for more than five minutes from the 27th minute of the first half when the two teams were drawing one-one.
The game ended in a two-all tie and no-one was seriously hurt.
A match commentator, realising something was wrong as one of the players went to put the ball back into play during a throw-in, could be overhead saying: ‘There’s one, two, three’ as the footballers suddenly threw themselves on the grass.
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He added: ‘We’re being informed it’s because of a bee attack.
‘I should be taking cover as well.’ A colleague added: ‘Yes, there’s a bee attack and we’re all protecting ourselves as best we can.
‘All the players are laid out own the pitch. The Manta substitutes were the first to realise what was going on and they alerted the players.’
Local journalist Enrique Zambrano said after the match it was the first time anything of the kind had happened at the stadium.
The 22 players and match officials fall to their knees and lay down on the ground with their hands over their heads as the insects took over the stadium
The commentators say there are three bees swarming the pitch as the players dive to safety
The game was held up for more than five minutes from the 27th minute of the first half when the two teams were drawing one-one, but ended in a two all tie and no one was seriously hurt
In 2016 a match in the Ecuadorian port city of Guayaquil had to be suspended after a bee attack in the eighth minute.
The insects stung players, match officials and some fans.
The game was restarted the following day, resulting a 3-0 win for River Ecuador against rivals Aucas.
Portoviejo, the capital of the province of Manabi around 20 miles from the Pacific coast, is known as the city of the ‘Royal Tamarind Trees’ because of the beautiful trees found in the area.
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