Werder Bremen Admit to Flying A Drone Over Hoffenheim’s Training Ground

Officials from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen have admitted the club were behind a drone flown over Hoffenheim's training ground before last Wednesday's 1-1 draw between the two teams.

Earlier this week, Hoffenheim reported an "unannounced drone flight" to police and told ESPN they had done so because of "security concerns" ahead of the clash.

Since then, in a pretty remarkable turn of events, Werder Bremen have admitted that were responsible for flying the drone, and have even issued a club statement to face the music.

On the official Werder Bremen website, general manager Frank Baumann apologised, saying: "Werder Bremen briefly brought a drone into action last Tuesday during TSG Hoffenheim's training.

"This is the result of a conversation between Werder CEO Baumann, head coach [Florian] Kohfeldt and employees of the analysis department.

"If those events at Hoffenheim led to a certain insecurity on the training pitch, I would like to apologise for it."

Earlier this week in London, as you might well have heard by now, a drone flying over the airfield at Gatwick Airport caused major disruptions in air travel across Europe, ruining Christmases for commuters all over the continent.

However, drones over training grounds? That's a pretty mental level to go to for three points, eh?

Of course it's not the first time one club has tried to get an advantage over their rivals in a creative way recently. Feyenoord fans found an excellent trick against PSV.

in the Eredivisie Feyenoord fans certainly put an end to the question of just how much a crowd can change the result of a game.

The Rotterdam based side were at home against top of the table, undefeated, PSV and led 2-1 with just 16 minutes left. PSV attacked and fans threw a second ball on the pitch, forcing the referee to stop the game:

Denzel Dumfries is absolutely fuming and you can't really blame him too much.

The ploy worked as Feyenoord went on to win the match 2-1 and gave the Eindhoven club their first loss in the league this season, allowing Ajax to close the gap on their rivals.

Of course it's not the first time an object thrown on the pitch has helped a team win a game.

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