Spanish referee Valentin Pizarro was forced to suspend the match that brought together Atlético Bilbao and Eibar, Saturday 20 March 2021, in the 28th round of matches. Spanish Football LeagueM, at the 68th minute, for a few seconds; This is because a drone fell on the pitch.
Video footage widely shared on social media showed that a foreign object fell on the pitch in the last 20 minutes of the match, showing that it was a remote drone plane, but no one inside the field was injured.
According to what was reported by “The Associated Press”, this plane was carrying a small message written on a sign, the contents of which were not disclosed.
While Spanish press reports stated that the referee’s report did not clearly refer to the content of this sign, they stressed that the matter was related to the “San Mames” stadium, the stronghold of the Basque club, by virtue of the fact that it would host “La Roja” matches within the framework of the European Championship.
As it was decided that this stadium would host the matches of the Spanish national team in this city in the Basque Country, which is one of the regions calling for secession from Spain, before the European Championship, which was scheduled for last year, was postponed due to the epidemic.
While no investigations will be opened into the incident, in order to reveal its circumstances, especially since the matter would have exposed the players to danger, and raised many question marks about whether the plane had deliberately landed on the pitch or it was just a coincidence.
It is worth noting, that this match ended in a positive tie with a goal to the same, a result that enabled the Basque team to rise to ninth place with 35 points, while Ibar ranks 18th (leading to the second division) with 23 points.