Drone flying flag halts Europa League game in Luxembourg

Featured in the Raumdeuter Online Magazine – Edition #7

Play was forced to be temporarily halted during a Europa League game between F91 Dudelange and FK Qarabag in Luxembourg after a drone was flown over the match, flying a flag which appeared to be of the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh, a landlocked separatist region within Azerbaijan.

Match officials were forced to delay the match for more than 15 minutes following the appearance of the drone carrying the flag.

Players from both Luxembourg side Dudelange and their Azerbaijan visitors Qarabag attempted to bring the drone down by kicking the ball at it. The incident came in the first half of the match, which was won decisively 4-1 by Qarabag.

Originally, visitors Qarabag were a team based in the city of Agdam, which is located in the area separatists consider to be Nagorno-Karabakh, but moved to the Azerbaijan capital, Baku, in 1993.

The Azeri side have achieved significant success in their time in the capital, and boast a strong squad including Bosnia Herzegovina goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, who is on loan from English Premier League side Bournemouth until January.

A drone carrying a controversial flag previously caused the abandonment of a Euro 2016 qualifying match between Serbia and Albania back in 2014.

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