Drone halts Brentford v Wolverhampton Premier League match

An unauthorised drone halted the Brentford v Wolverhampton Wanderers Premier League match on Saturday (22 January), which led to players leaving the pitch in the 28th minute.

There were fears for the safety of the players and the crowd, had the operator lost control the drone. A helicopter was brought in to to try and drive the drone away.

The Football Safety Officers’ Association has been trying to make people aware of the dangers of drones at football games. Some drone pilots routinely try to film live football games through the devices and have been prosecuted for this in the past.

The teams eventually reappeared and had a short warm up before the action resumed with the game still goalless.

Wolves won the match 2-1 thanks to goals from Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves.

Images above: Brentford v Wolverhampton Wanderers; photograph Liz Vercoe

Police investigating incident 

A spokesperson for Brentford FC said:

“The Brentford v Wolves match was suspended for period of time due to an unauthorised drone flying above the Brentford Community Stadium.

“Given the risks, the match officials and the stadium safety team followed agreed protocols to suspend the game and remove both teams from the pitch.

“The police are now investigating the incident.”

The Metropolitan Police have not commented on it.

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