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Watch: Greenpeace protester parachutes into stadium at Euro 2020

Debris fell on the field and the main grandstand narrowly missing France coach Didier Deschamps when the parachutist struck wires for an overhead camera attached to the stadium roof.

By: AP | Munich |
Updated: June 16, 2021 8:46:53 am
Greenpeace protestor, EURO 2020France v Germany: Greenpeace protestor glides on to the pitch before the match Pool via REUTERS/Alexander Hassenstein

Several spectators were treated in the hospital for injuries caused by a protester who parachuted into the stadium before France played Germany at the European Championship UEFA said Tuesday.

Debris fell on the field and main grandstand narrowly missing France coach Didier Deschamps when the parachutist struck wires for an overhead camera attached to the stadium roof.

The governing body of European soccer called it a reckless and dangerous act and said law authorities will take the necessary action.

This inconsiderate act caused injuries to several people attending the game who are now in hospital UEFA said.

The incident happened just before the start of the Euro 2020 match between the last two World Cup champions Deschamps was shown ducking into the team dugout to avoid falling debris.

The protester’s parachute had the slogan KICK OUT OIL and Greenpeace written on it.

He glided into the stadium and seemed to lose control after connecting with the wires He veered away from the playing area toward the main grandstand and barely cleared the heads of spectators.

The parachutist managed to land on the field and Germany players Antonio Rudiger and Robin Gosens were the first to approach him He was led away by security stewards and given medical attention on the side of the field.

UEFA and one of its top-tier tournament sponsors Russian state energy firm Gazprom have previously been targeted by Greenpeace protests.

Greenpeace Protester Germany’s Antonio Rudiger reacts as a Greenpeace protester lands on the pitch before the match. (REUTERS/Lukas Barth-Tuttas)

In 2013 a Champions League game in Basel was disrupted when Greenpeace activists abseiled from the roof of the stadium to unfurl a banner protesting Russian oil and Gazprom which sponsored the visiting team German club Schalke.

Greenpeace later donated money to a charity supported by Basel which was fined by UEFA for the security lapse
UEFA defended its environmental credentials in Tuesday’s statement.

UEFA and its partners are fully committed to a sustainable Euro 2020 tournament UEFA said and many initiatives have been implemented to offset carbon emissions.

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