Drone forces Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday players off during Championship contest

Rotherham’s Championship match against Sheffield Wednesday had to be stopped due to an “unauthorised drone” flying in the air space over the New York Stadium.

The game was in just its fifth minute when referee Jarred Gillet ordered both teams off the field.

“The players have been brought off the pitch due to safety concerns,” Rotherham’s official Twitter account said.

“We’ll update you on the situation when we know more

6 | The players have been brought off the pitch due to safety concerns

We'll update you on the situation when we know more

We understand there is an unauthorised drone in the air space over the AESSEAL New York Stadium #rufc | #ForeverTogetherForeverProud

“We understand there is an unauthorised drone in the air space over the AESSEAL New York Stadium.”

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With the players having been off the field for around 10 minutes, play was able to resume.

“The players are back out on the pitch here at AESSEAL New York Stadium going through some extra warm-ups,” Rotherham posted.

MATCH | The players are back out on the pitch here at AESSEAL New York Stadium going through some extra warm-ups

The game will be restarted soon from 4 minutes and 15 seconds which is where it was initially halted #rufc | #ForeverTogetherForeverProud

“The game will be restarted soon from 4 minutes and 15 seconds which is where it was initially halted.”

Rotherham went on to take a 3-0 half-time lead against bottom side Sheffield Wednesday in the South Yorkshire derby.

Sheffield Wednesday’s social media team had difficulty making sense of the situation in real time, with the players’ departure from the field initially leading to confusion.

We're hearing reports that there is a drone over the stadium and, as a safety concern, the players have gone back to the changing rooms #ROTSHW https://t.co/5uS1CQBmqM

“It seems there is an issue in the game… Play has been suspended and both teams have retreated to their dugouts,” Sheffield Wednesday posted on Twitter, alongside a confused emoji.

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