A DRONE stopped play in the Premier League fixture between Southampton and Aston Villa.
In the 40th minute of the game, the remote-controlled airplane was discovered.
The game was stopped by the referee, who also escorted the participants from the field.
Fans were advised to wait till the issue is resolved as the game was postponed.
In order to resume the first half, the Saints and Villa players were eventually called back out.
The drone forced the referee to stop the game because it could endanger the players and spectators inside the stadium and could also constitute a threat from terrorists.
The potential of unlawful broadcasting of games is another reason why games are suspended for drones.
After a Kyle Walker-Peters goal for Southampton was disallowed for offside, the score remained 0-0.
Only two minutes were added to the end of the first half despite the long break caused by the drone overhead since the clock had already been stopped when the players left the field.
On Twitter, YouTuber Ally Law claimed ownership of the drone, writing the following: “Today, I was flying my new drone above Southampton. A lovely day for it.”