The man behind the strange drone that invaded the Southampton Vs Aston Villa match has been revealed.
The remote-controlled aircraft was spotted late in the second half of the game in the 40th minute with the scoreline still 0-0.
The referee had to bring the game to a halt as concerns over the safety and security of the players spiked. The players were ushered off the pitch immediately following the incident.
While pandemonium nearly broke out at the St Mary’s Stadium, with frightened fans trying to figure out the motive of the drone, they were asked to remain calm as match officials try to sort out things.
It was an unprecedented scene in a Premier League match. Concerns hinge on the security and safety of the players and match officials, including a possible illegal streaming of the match by the controller.
This led to 10 minutes delay, but the match was restarted with the players eventually filing back into the pitch to play out the last five minutes of the first half.
The first half ended in stale-mate with both sides settling for a barren draw after Southampton has a Kyle Walker-Peters’ goal ruled out for offside.
Despite the long pause due to the drone, only two minutes were added to the end of the first half as the clock had been stopped from when the players left the pitch.
Unai Emery eventually led Aston Villa to a narrow 1-0 win after full time but the invasion by the strange drone dominated the headlines with investigators nosing around to trace where it came from after the match.
Controller of the drone reveals himself
While both the fans, players, match officials, an investigators were eager to unravel the mystery of the invading drone, a renowned Youtuber Ally Law took to his social media handle to claim responsibility for the drone invasion.
Ally Law wrote on his Twitter Handle: “Testing my new drone today over Southampton. Beautiful day for it.”
He is known to be a prankster who often posts videos to his YouTube channel of him evading the police after climbing buildings and sneaking into different places safeguarded by the law.
Alistair Law, born on 12 February 1997, is an English YouTuber from Southampton. He is known for his serial trespass of locqtions and terrritories protected by the law and has been in serial confrontations with security agencies.
His videos features him climbing on a range of buildings and cranes, as well as doing ‘overnight challenges’, where he and a group of friends attempt to stay in various commercial premises after closing hours.
Law trespassed Thorpe Park to climb the Stealth roller coaster in July 2017, and broke into the Celebrity Big Brother house twice in January 2018. He was given a five-year criminal behaviour order that prevents him from trespassing on areas of bridges or buildings not open to the public, or any business property outside business hours.
He is also serving lifetime ban from all properties owned by Merlin Entertainments.
Law is currently living in Southampton, and adheres rigorously to a vegetarian diet, and does not take alcohol