German football club Werder Bremen have admitted they flew a drone over Hoffenheim’s training ground in order to spy on them.
Last Tuesday Hoffenheim reported an “unannounced drone flight” to police, just a day before they travelled to Bremen.
Hoffenheim told ESPN: “Whoever is responsible for it, over a third-party property or training ground, even more so in darkness, [means that] most of all it is a big security concern and exceeds by far the limit of covertly watching behind a fence.”
Bremen drew 1-1 with Hoffenheim at home a day after the drone scouting.
However, Bremen have sensationally admitted they were behind the drone as they admitted it was for analysis usage.
Bremen said in a statement: “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.”
Bremen lie tenth in Bundesliga while Hoffenheim sit three places above and three points ahead of their rivals.