A drone was flown Hoffenheim’s training ground before the draw with Werder Bremen.
BERLIN, Germany — Werder Bremen have confessed flying a drone on Hoffenheim’s training ground ahead of Wednesday’s 1-1 draw between both clubs.
Earlier this past week, Hoffenheim reported an”unannounced drone flight” to police and told ESPN FC they’d done because of”security concerns”
“Werder Bremen last year Tuesday briefly used a drone,” a statement on Bremen’s website said. “This is a result of talks between Bremen executive Frank Baumann, head coach Florian Kohfeldt along with the employees of the analysis section “
Earlier this week in London, a drone flying across the airfield in Gatwick Airport caused major disruptions in air travel in Europe.
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Baumann was quoted as saying:”We’ve discussed this internally, and I accept responsibility for this.
“If those events in Hoffenheim led to a particular insecurities on the training pitch, I would like to apologise to it”
Speaking at his postmatch news conference following a draw, Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann said he did not obey Bremen spying on training but had been concerned about the security of his players.
“In case you fly this type of things over people and there is a technical flaw, it may have serious consequences,” Nagelsmann explained.
On Thursday, Mannheim police told ESPN FC that they were hoping to recognize the individual or people operating the drone.
Police said they would then determine whether its usage was permitted under the German Drone Act that stipulates that, based upon the weight of their drone, permission has to be obtained from local police.
The legislation also prohibits using drones weighing more than 0.25 kilograms over a bunch of people or over populated areas. Under the country’s Air Traffic Act, regulatory offences can be punishable by a fine as high as €50,000.
Early last year, Hoffenheim tested using a drone in training but the concept was soon left.
Leader Dr. Peter Goerlich told ESPN FC during the time that the drone had proven to be”rather upsetting and distracting” for the players.