Wolves-Brentford controversy 'could kill somebody' - Ex-Fifa official

By Keith Hackett

25th Jan, 2022 | 7:00am

Ex-Fifa official: Brentford v Wolves controversy 'could kill somebody' as footage emerges

Keith Hackett has claimed the drone flown above the ground as Wolves beat Brentford 2-1 on Saturday (22 January) could have killed somebody.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted Peter Bankes was right to take the players off during the first half at the Brentford Community Stadium.

After 28 minutes the game was stopped for around 20 minutes and only resumed when the drone flew away.

In the second half, a police helicopter circled the stadium in west London to prevent the drone from causing any more stoppages.

A Brentford spokesperson confirmed to Sky Sports after the game the police were now investigating the incident.

“There is a danger that the drone could stall, fall to the ground and it could kill somebody,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“The actions of the referee are correct in taking the players off until they resolve the issue.

“I find it amazing that happened but there’s always a risk.

“There was a similar issue at Heathrow and in fairness, they were relatively new then.

“Legislation came in and there’s now clear legislation on how you can use them. I think the operators have to be registered.

“It seems to me that doing the registration, there should be a very visible reference number like you get on an aeroplane so you can identify who’s flying it.”

Wolves secure their fourth straight win in all competitions thanks to goals from Joao Moutinho and Rueben Neves.

Bruno Lage’s sit in eighth, just four points away from the Champions League places.

In other news, Queens Park Rangers have agreed to sign a Wolves player after a breakthrough in talks.