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Snakes alive! After I-League game

Ground staff at the Kalyani Stadium near Kolkata had some extra cleaning up to do at the weekend after more than a dozen poisonous snakes made their way on to the field shortly after Mohun Bagan's I-League football match against Arrows, reports the Guardian. The Indian Express quoted local municipality chief PK Sur on Tuesday attributing the influx of snakes on to the field to the onset of summer heat in the area.

The venue is unlikely to be banned by the All India Football Federation, with its chief executive Sunanda Dhar saying: "We have instructed the authorities to take proper measures to ensure that snakes are removed from the premises of the stadium."

No players, or ball boys, were bitten on Sunday as Bagan won 3-2.

"I for one would be afraid of playing there again," said the Bagan midfielder Rahim Nabi.

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