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Watch a soccer riot explode - all thanks to a drone

Watch a soccer riot explode - all thanks to a drone
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I've been getting a lot of comments and questions these days about drones. As those remote-control flying machines drop in price, their numbers skyrocket, prompting concerns about safety and privacy. And I understand the worry. I mean, who wants a five-pound drone to drop on your head - or peek in your bedroom window?

Drones are everywhere these days, not without controversy, such as when one apparently was spying on a baseball team, and when one crashed into a hot spring at Yellowstone National Park.

But now, a drone is blamed for a riot during a soccer game in Europe.

Now you have to remember that folks in Europe take their soccer - or football as they call it - very seriously. But how can a little remote-control helicopter lead to mayhem on the field and in the stands?

Serbia and Albania were facing off in Belgrade, Serbia, in a qualifier for the Euro 2016 soccer tournament.

Major tension exists between the two countries, dating back to long before World War I. That tension broke out into a riot when a drone appeared, carrying a flag of the disputed territory of Kosovo, with nationalist slogans that angered Serbians.

@NickAmes82 tweeted:

Play stopped as a drone flies right above the pitch, dangling an Albanian flag right above it! This is incredible. Crowd going mad.

A Serbian player grabbed the flag dangling from the drone and pulled it down, which triggered a scuffle between the two teams. It escalated into an all-out brawl on the field, and flares and debris were tossed from the stands into the melee.

@NickAmes82:

Mitrovic, jumps, grabs the flag as it falls - and all hell has now broken lose [sic] here. Players and officials on both sides fighting.

Albanian players, in white, retrieved the flag from Serbian players, in red shorts, escalation the tension.

Albania saved disapproval only for Serb fans who rushed the field.

@AlMissionUN:

Serb hooligans enter soccer field and hit Albanian players. Soccer and boxing do not go together. Shame!

Albanian players had to run from the field with debris raining on their heads.

Amazing! All cause by a drone!

One report says the brother of the Albanian prime minister was the one piloting the drone.

I don't know. For now, I think I'll stick with good ol' American football.

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