With no pictures or video of the Indian snakes, this will have to suffice
European football may be overrun with bloodythirsty pine martens making their way onto the field, but animal pitch invasions seem to be a lot more poisonous in India.
On Sunday, the I-League match between Mohun Bagan and Pailan Arrows at the Kalyani Stadium near Kolkata finished 3-2 to Mohun. With summer temperatures wavering around 100 degrees, however, a dozen poisonous snakes were spotted making their way onto the field shortly after the match finished. The Indian Express reports:
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 players were apparently unaware of the serpent merchants of death slithering yards from their game, but India national team midfielder Nabi said he would be "afraid of playing there again."
Nabi needn't be so scared though, as Manchester Utd's Anderson has already shown that footballers and snakes can live in perfect harmony...