For the first time in probably ever, a drone started a soccer brawl. Albania and Serbia faced off in what was an ethnically charged match between two former Yugoslav states vying for qualification in the European Championships. But thanks to a rogue drone, the game didn’t even get past the second half.The Guardian reports that what appears to be a remote controlled quadcopter trailing the “Greater-Albania” flag flew above the field during gameplay. A Serbian player attempted to take it down, which prompted several rival Albanians to attack him, kicking off a team brawl
An already tense soccer match in Belgrade between the national teams of Albania and Serbia has been suspended after a drone flew over the field waving a Greater Albania flag. Based on online footage, the drone appears to be a DJI Phantom or a Phantom 2, which retails for roughly $500 to $800 depending on the model.
The Tuesday game, which was to be a Euro 2016 qualifier match between the two sides, was the first time they had met in the Serbian capital since 1967. According to The Guardian, away fans were not allowed in the stadiums in either Belgrade or in the upcoming rematch in Tirana, the capital of the Republic of Albania.
The two sides’ enthusiasm for soccer has been overshadowed by a larger political issue: Kosovo, a republic that broke away from Serbia in 2008
And now for a truly surreal story featuring international soccer, geopolitical beef, tussling players, riot police and — of course — a flag-waving drone.
To set the stage: Serbia and Albania played a qualifying match for the Euro 2016 soccer tournament on Tuesday night in Belgrade, Serbia. It was Albania’s first match in Belgrade since 1967. The two countries have long had major, and sometimes violent, tension. No visiting fans were allowed in the stadium
The evening did not end well
A European championship football match between Serbia and Albania is abandoned after a drone carrying a political message sparks clashes.
The $200 Anura was created by a New York photographer, and its four rotors fold up into its own body when not in use.