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16/06/2021 07:50 BST

Parachuting Protestor Leaves Several Injured After Euro 2020 Stunt Goes Wrong

The Greenpeace activist parachuted into the stadium ahead of the France-Germany match.

Several football fans are being treated in hospital for injuries caused by a Greenpeace protestor who parachuted into the stadium before France’s victory over Germany in their Euro 2020 game in Munich.

UEFA said that “law authorities will take the necessary action” for what it called a “reckless and dangerous” act.

Debris fell on to the pitch and into the stands when the parachutist got tangled in wires carrying an overhead camera, while France head coach Didier Deschamps was seen ducking out of the way of a large piece of equipment near the dugout.

The activist from Greenpeace had the words “Kick out oil Greenpeace” written on his parachute. 

The man landed heavily on the pitch and was given medical attention before being escorted away by security.

A statement released to the PA news agency said: “Shortly before the start of tonight’s UEFA EURO 2020 match between France and Germany in Munich, a protester briefly entered the stadium from the air and tried to land on the pitch.

“This inconsiderate act – which could have had very serious consequences for a huge number of people attending – caused injuries to several people attending the game who are now in hospital and law authorities will take the necessary action.

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The Greenpeace activist is taken off the pitch. 

It continued: “UEFA and its partners are fully committed to a sustainable EURO 2020 tournament and many initiatives have been implemented to offset carbon emissions.

“The staging of the match was fortunately not impacted by such a reckless and dangerous action, but several people were injured nonetheless.”

Greenpeace’s German Twitter account confirmed that the stunt was a protest against tournament sponsor Volkswagen, demanding an end to the sale of petrol and diesel cars.

When the match got under way it was won 1-0 by France after a Mats Hummels own goal in the first half.