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Drone delays soccer match, prompting safety concerns before key goal

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A drone caused an 11-minute delay during a Sky Bet League Two match on Monday, leaving the two teams in the English Football League’s lowest division with some mixed feelings about it as the game-winning goal came shortly after the incident.

Crawley Town came away with a 2-1 victory against Yeovil Town, with the match being tied when a drone was spotted flying over Huish Park stadium and caused the referee per protocol to take both teams off the field for safety reasons in the 80th minute. Substitute Thomas Verheydt ultimately put Crawley Town ahead in the 87th minute with a goal, with the team’s postgame recap noting, “The striker certainly hadn’t needed to leap as high as the drone to score.”


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