For the first time in European Championship history a match is suspended due to poor weather. The power of nature was evident as rain poured in torrents between the stands and lightning forked directly above the stadium, the Ukrainian and French players being ushered off the pitch by a very calm referee. But this isn’t the first time that bad weather had impacted a sporting event.
Windstorm hits South African Match
Straight-line winds have been known to pluck a small patch of enormous trees right out of a forest without touching the surrounding vegetation. Ships have been lost at sea. Buildings demolished in a second. In this case advertising hoardings are swept into the air and onto the pitch during an Orlando Pirates vs Black Leopards game.
Lightning Strikes Pitch
Another South African football match is interrupted by lightning striking the pitch, causing confusion and injury to players.
Bees attack footballers
This is nothing less than funny. Exactly what it says on the tin.
Tornado interrupts kid’s game
This is possibly the most incredible story on this page. Only children playing an amateur game, but I’d imagine this was most unexpected.