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Soccer player kicks DJI Phantom drone with insulting banner to pieces

Soccer player kicks DJI Phantom drone with insulting banner to pieces

A remarkable incident involving a drone took place in Argentina last weekend. During a football game, a drone hovered over the field carrying a banner with insulting texts on it. Soccer player Pablo Pérez of Newell’s Old Boys did not hesitate for a moment and kicked the DJI Phantom drone to pieces after a teammate had pulled the drone out of the air, banner and all.

Soccer player kicks DJI Phantom drone with insulting banner to pieces

The incident took place during a match between Rosario Central and Newell’s Old Boys. At some point, a drone with a banner arrives low above the field. You can see how Rosario player Lucas Gamba pulls the banner and uses it to bring the DJI Phantom-type drone to the ground, and then walk it to the sidelines.

Opponent Pablo Pérez is not exactly charmed by the action and kicks the drone to pieces. Not that the game ends well because of that: Newell’s – the club of the late football legend Diego Maradona – has to make do with a final score of 0-3.

Similar incident

It is not the first time that a football match has to be interrupted because a drone with a banner flies above the field: a similar incident took place in 2014 during a match between Spakenburg – IJsselmeervogels in the Netherlands.

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This article first appeared on Dronewatch.nl and is written by Wiebe de Jager who is also a DroneXL contributor.

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Wiebe de Jager

Wiebe de Jager (@wdejager) is the founder of Dronewatch and author of several bestselling books about drone photography. Wiebe is a certified drone pilot and has a full ROC license.

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