Hundreds of moths invade Stade de France before Euro 2016 final

  • AFP, Paris
  • Updated: Jul 11, 2016 01:21 IST
Moths land on a corner flag before the Euro 2016 final soccer match between Portugal and France at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris. (AP Photo)

The Stade de France was invaded by swarms of moths ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2016 final between Portugal and France.

Hundreds of large black moths flew around the stands of the 80,000-capacity stadium north of Paris as well as by the pitch in temperatures, which even at 1830 GMT hovered around 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit).

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Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo was seen swatting away several of the creatures as he warmed up while others swarmed around microphones, the corner flags and goal-posts.

Moths surround referee Mark Clattenburg before the Euro 2016 match (Reuters Photo)

“Unbelievable the pitch is full with moths” tweeted former Netherlands striker Ruud Gullit, attending the final as a television pundit.

Moths lie on the pitch prior to the Euro 2016 final match between Portugal and France. (AP Photo)

The decision to leave the stadium lights on overnight ahead of the game may help explain the bizarre invasion.

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