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The drone was spotted flying over the East stand of the Etihad StadiumGMP

A man has been arrested after a drone was seen flying over Manchester City's Etihad Stadium during their Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur.

Greater Manchester Police said they arrested a 41-year-old man from the Nottingham area at the nearby Asda car park, where he is alleged to have controlled the drone from.

Police said they received reports of a drone flying over the stadium's East Stand during Manchester city's 4-1 win over Spurs on Saturday 18 October.

The suspect has been bailed for eight weeks pending further enquiries.

Chief Inspector Chris Hill, said: "The drones could pose a threat to crowd safety and potentially cause alarm in crowded areas.

"Even small drones can weigh up to 7 or 8kg and could cause damage or injury if they fall from a height. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

"People may see this as a minor offence but it is a breach of the Air Navigation Order which is prosecuted by the civil aviation authority."

The arrest occurred after two Serbian Manchester City players took part in an international game that had to be abandoned after a drone carrying the Greater Albanian flag was flown into the ground.

A Serbian player attempted to grab the flag – which carries huge political significance between Albanians and Serbians due to the war in Kosovo – leading to a mass brawl and a pitch invasion by the fans.