Drone helps Portsmouth to victory as it stops play at Fratton Park


A drone which momentarily stopped play during a football game at the weekend has been said to have helped Portsmouth to victory.

During their 5-1 win over Bradford City on Saturday, a drone flew over the ground forcing the referee to stop play which meant the home team’s assistant manager could give his players further instruction.

Joe Gallen told The News, Portsmouth’s local newspaper: “I could see it but I just didn’t take any notice of it. I used the break to go onto the pitch and speak to a few players.”

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He added: “I was pleased to see it because we were trying to get our markers sorted out from set-pieces as they were bringing on George Miller, another centre-forward.”

The assistant boss went on to describe how it was unknown territory for him and didn’t know it meant the officials had to stop play.

“I haven’t experienced anything like that. Apparently I’m a bit naive because I didn’t know if there’s a drone we’d have to stop. I just thought we’d carry on.”

The game at Portsmouth became the second time this season a drone has been seen over an English Football League One game after one was spotted in Doncaster last November.

Read CDP’s report on that story here:

Drone disrupts play by flying over stadium during League One football match

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