It took place in Florence, Italy, on October 27, 1954. On that occasion, there was one of the biggest UFO sightings in history: the 10,000 people who were in the Artemio Franchi stadium, watching the match between Fiorentina x Pistoiese, were witnesses of the appearance of unidentified flying objects. The game had to be suspended “because the spectators saw something in the sky”, in the words of the match referee.
In the days that followed the event, numerous sightings were recorded in villages close to the stadium. An unknown substance fell on the countryside and covered much of the city of Florence until it evaporated.
According to a statement to the BBC by defender Ardico Magnini, one of the players present that day, “it was something that looked like an egg and it moved slowly, slowly, slowly. Everyone was looking up and there was something shiny in the sky, silver and shiny (…) We were amazed, we had never seen anything like this in the sky. We were very impressed.” The former player also remembers that a strange, sticky and shiny material fell on the field. Other witnesses reported the presence of not just one, but several strange objects in the sky.
In the days that followed the event, numerous sightings were recorded in villages close to the stadium. An unknown substance fell on the countryside and covered much of the city of Florence until it evaporated. Those who came into contact with the material described it as similar to cotton, but elusive, as it evaporated on human contact.
A strange but scientific explanation of this phenomenon came many years later: it could have been large, interlocking spider webs, which appeared in the sky like glowing balloons because of the sun’s reflection, as this is the way spiders migrate, and date, October, coincides with their migration time in the northern hemisphere. However, the material found simultaneously with the appearance of the UFOs was analyzed in a laboratory and the elements found do not correspond to those that form a web. This means that the mystery of the UFOs that forced the suspension of a football match 60 years ago remains to this day.