As if England fans needed more ammunition for jokes about their national team being plagued, swarms of flying insects have descended upon the Russian city Volgograd ahead of Monday’s World Cup game against Tunisia.
The bugs, a frequent issue in the city, are so prevalent that helicopters have been deployed to spray insecticide on Volgograd Arena, the site of four games over the course of the tournament. The choppers will also spray marshlands on the outskirts of the Volga River, which flows through the city.
How bad is it?
“They are on your face, stick to your lips, get inside your nostrils, your ears and your hair,” BBC Sport’s Natalie Pirks said. “I’ve had to debug myself at bedtime as you find dead ones you’ve splatted in the strangest of places.”