Russia World Cup could be ruined due to locusts on the pitch, officials fear

Russia World Cup could be ruined due to locusts on the pitch, officials fear

01-Feb-2018 01:48:51 | The Guardian

Swarms could attack green grass and cause a ‘global scandal’, says agriculture ministry official

Swarms of locusts pose a threat to Russia’s World Cup because they could attack pitches, causing a “global scandal“, an agriculture ministry official said on Wednesday.

President Vladimir Putin is hoping to use the the World Cup from 14 June to 15 July to showcase his country as a superpower at a time of frayed relations with the west over Syria and Ukraine.

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