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Brentford v Wolves stopped for 20 minutes after drone flies over stadium during Premier League match

Brentford v Wolves stopped for 20 minutes after drone flies over stadium during Premier League match

Brentford and Wolves were forced off the field of play for nearly 20 minutes during their Premier League clash after a drone caused the brief suspension of Saturday's game.

The Bees and their visitors were roughly half an hour into their game at Brentford Community Stadium when the unauthorised craft was spotted above the field of play.

Referee Peter Bankes was forced to remove both sides from the field of play, although play was able to resume 16 minutes later with the score at 0-0.

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What happened?

In accordance with Premier League rules, the game had to be paused when the unknown drone was seen above the pitch in order to ensure the safety of the players.

Brentford v Wolves stopped for 20 minutes after drone flies over stadium during Premier League match

The match was subsequently resumed after a lengthy delay, with 19 minutes of time added.

There had already been a previous lengthy stoppage for a clash of heads between Brentford duo Mathias Jensen and Rico Henry, which saw both players substituted shortly before the game was brought to a halt.

The game was stopped in the 28th minute, and restarted after the drone flew away before the operator could be located or identified.

Premier League rules state that any unauthorised drone around a stadium during a game obliges the players to leave the pitch for safety reasons.

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The reasoning is that an unidentified drone could pose a terror threat, as well as being a possible attempt to broadcast live footage illegally.

As it was the game, between sides who started the day 14th and eighth in the Premier League, was eventually able to restart after one of the more bizarre incidents seen this season.

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