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A professional footballer tries to fly a hovering drone and receives a yellow card

Most people know that firing weapons at unwanted drones flying overhead can result in criminal charges, but who knew trying to take one out with a soccer ball was a yellow card? The Brazilian professional player Marcal makes – now – and will be absent from his club’s next game in Botafogo for his attempt.

The football The adaptation of baseball’s infamous “bean-ball” came in the second half of Botafogo’s 1-0 victory over Brazilian Serie A rivals Goias. During a break in play as a downed team-mate was receiving treatment from coaches near the penalty area, Marcal grabbed a soccer ball, positioned himself under the drone hovering above him and kicked it. launched surprisingly high with the aim of knocking the device down.

Later video footage indicates that Marcal’s attempt failed, with footage showing what appears to be a smaller DJI drone model still fixed in the sky above the soccer field, its green positioning lights quietly flashing.

Although the pilot almost certainly blatantly broke regulations in most countries prohibiting drone flights over or around stadiums on match days, it was Marcal who ended up being punished for his response. to air pollution.

Although football rules don’t make it an offense to knock drones out of the air, the referee for the evening’s game decided he didn’t like the stunt anyway and showed a yellow card to Marcal. It’s his third of the season means the former Wolverhampton player will have to sit out Botafogo’s next game.

Although banned from use during soccer games in most countries, drones have made recurring appearances at games around the world, most often in South America.

Video is available on social media capturing incidents of players or fans chasing gear deployed to troll rival teams, in some cases successfully destroying them when drones dragged easily catchable banners, or got caught in nets goal or grass.

Lily: An English professional football match delayed by an illegal drone flight

While drones have also defied flight bans at football matches in Europe and the UK, problems have generally been limited to delays created by referees immediately halting play until the invading vehicles have left. So far, this type of intervention has happened too quickly for any attempt by players to retaliate against the contraption – although they are never at a loss for ideas on how to induce yellow cards with others. offences.

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