Southampton v Aston Villa: Play suspended before half-time because of drone inside stadium

James Ward-Prowse, Emiliano Martinez and referee Michael Salisbury
Referee Michael Salisbury consulted with captains James Ward-Prowse and Emiliano Martinez before taking the teams off

Southampton’s Premier League match with Aston Villa was suspended late in the first half after a drone was spotted inside St Mary’s.

Referee Michael Salisbury was alerted to the drone hovering above the Southampton penalty area before taking both teams off the pitch.

The players re-emerged 10 minutes later after police had given the all-clear.

Play was halted because of a similar incident during last season’s game between Brentford and Wolves.

After the match resumed at St Mary’s, Ollie Watkins’ second-half header earned Villa a 1-0 win to leave Southampton rooted to the bottom of the table.

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