Snakes at I-League venue
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A dozen poisonous snakes were spotted at the Kalyani Stadium, the venue at which Mohan Bagan beat Arrows 3-2 during an I-league fixture on Sunday.
None of the players or the ball boys were bitten but the snakes were spotted near the dressing rooms and on the field of play after full-time.
Officials of the Kalyani Municipality ensured that the snakes were removed from the stadium.
The All India Football Federation (AIFF), however, is unlikely to ban the Kalyani Stadium as an I-League venue. "No, we haven't taken such a decision yet. But we have instructed the authorities to take proper measures to ensure that snakes are removed from the premises of the stadium," I-League CEO Sunanda Dhar told The Indian Express .
Kalyani Municipality chairman PK Sur said that the area was infested with snakes and as it was summer an increasing number of them were being spotted.
The players were oblivious to the snakes. But Bagan and India midfielder Rahim Nabi was wary of playing at the venue again. "I for one would be afraid of playing there again," Nabi said.