Rabat – While security is always a high-profile issue at international sporting events, the 2018 World Cup may face an unusual threat: locusts.
The Russian Department of Agriculture fears a “global scandal” if swarms of locusts descend upon football pitches and disrupt World Cup matches.
Russian media reported that nearly one million hectares in Russia’s southern provinces are currently affected by a scourge of locusts, and the Russian government has expressed concern that locusts may also be drawn to World Cup games by the greenery of the football fields.
“Locusts love it where there is lots of green. How would they not come to the place where football is being played?” noted Pyotr Chekmarev, the head of the agriculture ministry’s crop farming department.
Russian ministers met on Thursday to discuss preventative measures to keep swarms of un-ticketed pests at bay.