Illegal drone flights over sports stadiums in Europe now have organizers worried about potential security concerns, after a drone flew an Albanian nationalist banner over a European Championship soccer qualifier between Serbia and Albania.
Instead of a harmless flag flying over the grounds, UEFA president Michael Platini wondered what would happen if a drone carried a bomb instead of a flag. It is difficult for aviation and security specialists to try to stop small drones flying over stadiums, as they are able to get extremely close to the spectators and sports players before being identified.
"It was highlighted as being an emerging issue at sports grounds, with the use of drones at grounds increasing significantly in the last two years," said Caroline Hale, Sports Ground Safety Authority head of communications. "We are reminding clubs that it is worth looking at their contingency plans in light of possible increased use of drones over sports grounds and look at potential risks arriving from a drone accident."