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Moths swarm around stadium before Euro 2016 final

Web Report /Paris
Filed on July 11, 2016
Moths swarm around stadium before Euro 2016 final


Swarms of moths flew around the Stade de France stadium before soccer's European Championship final, and one had its moment of glory when it flew into superstar Cristiano Ronaldo's face as he sat injured on the pitch.

Team officials walking on the pitch shortly before kickoff were seen shaking off the uninvited insects.

"The floodlights stayed on all night and all the moths around flocked the stadium," a security officer said.

Moths swarm around stadium before Euro 2016 final (KT7487711.JPG)

In 28-degree (82 Fahrenheit) heat in the stadium, the moths are at field level and dozens of birds are circling about the roof.

Referee Mark Clattenburg of England was seen swiping at the moths as he tested the goal-line technology equipment at each end of the pitch before the France vs. Portugal game.

Moths swarm around stadium before Euro 2016 final (KT7488711.JPG)

France coach Didier Deschamps stayed on the field only briefly with members of his staff 90 minutes before the kickoff

Moths swarm around stadium before Euro 2016 final (KT7489711.JPG)

Members of UEFA's executive committee, including former Croatia forward Davor Suker, were also flapping their hands at the insects as they posed for a team photograph near the entrance to the players' tunnel.

Stadium staff with vacuum cleaners were gathering up moths in each of the technical areas in front of the dugouts.

Twitter abuzz with Ronaldo memes minutes

Social media has been going into meltdown with the epic image of Ronaldo and the moth going viral. Here are some of the best reactions:





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