Anti-drone technology to be used over Euro 2016 stadiums


France will deploy anti-drone technology over stadiums during the Euro 2016 championships, the tournament’s security chief has said.

Ziad Khoury said the technology will interfere with and take control of any flying machines that violate no-fly zones over all 10 stadiums and training grounds for the 24 teams at next month’s football tournament.

A drone
There will be no-fly zones above the Euro 2016 stadiums (Bruce Crummy/AP)

The anti-drone device will be deployed at most of the 51 matches and will “interfere with drones and take control of them if they are spotted”.

Ziad Khoury the security director for Euro 2016
Euro 2016 chief Ziad Khoury (John Leicester/AP)

French authorities have reportedly trained for the possibility of drones being used to disperse chemical or biological weapons over crowds.

Khoury described the technology as a “dissuasive measure that didn’t exist at previous sports events”.