Goalmouth bee swarm halts kick-off at Oldham Athletic

image copyrightOldham Athletic AFC/Alan Howarth
image captionLocal beekeepers removed the swarm

A football match was delayed at Oldham Athletic on Saturday after unwanted visitors swarmed around the goalposts.

A queen bee had attached herself to one of the posts, causing the penalty area to become a hive of activity.

The referee suspended the start of the friendly with Blackburn Rovers until some beekeepers arrived.

The club tweeted: "The Bee team has just left the pitch," while Blackburn's twitter feed read: "Un-BEE-lievable scenes here."

A club spokesman said: "We are very grateful to the local bee society who arranged for a beekeeper to come along and clear the bees."

The sting in the tail for Oldham was that Rovers won the game 2-0.

image copyrightOAFC/Alan Howarth
image captionA beekeeper had to be called to deal with the swarm

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