UFO That Brought An Italian Soccer Game To A Halt

UFO That Brought An Italian Soccer Game To A Halt

Date: October 27, 1954

Location: Florence, Firenze, Tuscany, Italy

A reserve game between Fiorentina and nearby rivals Pistoiese is underway at the Stadio Artemio Franchi.

A crowd of around 10,000 has gathered to watch. Among them is Gigi Boni, a lifelong Fiorentina fan who in later years would become the coordinator of the club's supporters group.

Now in his 80s Boni still has vivid memories of watching in disbelief as UFOs hovered above the stadium.

I remember clearly seeing this incredible sight.

They were moving very fast and then they just stopped. It all lasted a couple of minutes. I would like to describe them as being like Cuban cigars. They just reminded me of Cuban cigars, in the way they looked, said Boni.

The stadium fell silent as the players and fans stood transfixed, staring at these strange objects in the crisp blue autumn sky, he continued.

Boni has spent many years reflecting that day in his mind.

I think they were extraterrestrial. That's what I believe, and there's no other explanation I can give myself, said Gigi.

More than 60 years later Boni and 3 of the players have returned to the Stadio Artemio Franchi for the BBC's World Football program. Ardico Magnini is something of a legend at Fiorentina. He was a key player in the Fiorentina side of the 1950s and also played for Italy at the 1954 World Cup.

I remember everything from A to Z, Magnini recalls. While we were playing the match everything came to a stop because everybody was looking up at the sky intensely. It was something that looked like an egg that was moving slowly, slowly, slowly. Everyone was looking up and also there was some glitter coming down from the sky, silver glitter. We were astonished, we had never seen anything like it before. We were absolutely shocked from the moment we saw it.

So, was it aliens? Pistoiese players Romolo Tuci and Ronaldo Lomi have no doubt that it was. Tuci, still sprightly in his 70s, feels blessed to have witnessed such a strange event.

I was so curious and I was also so, so happy because in those years everybody was talking about aliens, everybody was talking UFOs and we had the experience, we saw them, we saw them directly, for real.

He's certain that what he saw came from another galaxy.

Really I believe so. We were at the stadium and we saw them. It was such a great thing to see.

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