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World Cup Bugs: Flies, Mosquitoes Swarm Athletes, Fans in Russia

World Cup Bugs: Flies, Mosquitoes Swarm Athletes, Fans in Russia
England's Trent Alexander-Arnold sprays insect repellent before the FIFA World Cup Group G match at The Volgograd Arena, Volgograd, Russia. (Press Association via AP Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 19 June 2018 04:29 PM

The World Cup is being swarmed by bugs, with clouds of flies and mosquitoes descending on athletes, fans, and journalists in Volgograd, Russia.

Helicopters sprayed insecticide over Volgograd Arena before Monday's game between England and Tunisia, USA Today reported.

The stadium, near the bank of the Volga River, will host four games.

Despite the use of insecticide in and around the stadium, the bugs were thick during England’s 2-1 victory over Tunisia, The New York Times reported.

Journalists donned netting, sprayed insect repellent, and canceled live shots in response to the bugs.

Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, is one of 11 Russian cities hosting the World Cup. The stadium's proximity to the river, which is a fertile breeding ground for insects, increases the bug problem, The Weather Channel noted.

The arena will host Nigeria vs. Iceland on June 22, Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt on the June 25 and Japan vs. Poland on June 28.

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Bugs are swarming the World Cup games in Volgograd, Russia, where clouds of flies and mosquitoes are descending on athletes, fans, and journalists.
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