This photo shows a football pitch in Moscow, Russia

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A photo has been shared hundreds of times in multiple Facebook and Twitter posts that claim it shows a football pitch inside a forest in India. The claim is false; the photo shows a football pitch in Russia.

This photo was published here on Facebook on August 4, 2020.

(Screenshot of misleading Facebook post taken on August 11, 2020.)

The post’s caption reads: “The beautiful football ground is not in Europe but in Ukhrul, Manipur, India. Exceptionally beautiful!!!”

Ukhrul is a town in India’s northeastern state of Manipur.

The post was shared here and here on Facebook, and here and here on Twitter alongside a similar claim.

The claim, however, is false.

A reverse image search on Yandex found this video of the same football pitch published here on the website for US-based media agency Shutterstock.

The caption reads: “Football field in the forest, Moscow park Meshchersky. Football, a beautiful top view of the football field, which is located in the forest.”

The same football pitch can be seen here on Google Maps in Moscow’s Meshchersky park.

Below is a screenshot of an image tagged at the same location by a Google Maps user: