UEFA has announced that “several people” have been taken to hospital after a Greenpeace protest parachute stunt ahead of the Euro 2020 clash between France and Germany.
There were bizarre scenes just minutes before kick-off in Munich on Tuesday night, when a protester parachuted into the stadium and nearly crashed into fans before being taken away by security.
The man appeared to have the wires entangled in the spider camera, and he pounced dangerously at some of the fans present and those sitting in the media suite.
Fortunately, he managed to divert his parachute from a head-on collision with the stands and ended up on the pitch.
But it appears his antics did indeed cause some harm to those in attendance, with UEFA confirming that more people had been taken to hospital with injuries.
A UEFA statement said: “Just before the start of tonight’s UEFA EURO 2020 match between France and Germany in Munich, a protester briefly entered the stadium from above and tried to land on the pitch.
“This reckless act – which could have had very serious consequences for a huge number of participants – caused the injury of several people present at the match who are now in hospital and the judicial authorities will take the necessary measures.
“UEFA and its partners are fully committed to a sustainable EURO 2020 tournament and many initiatives have been implemented to offset carbon emissions.
“Fortunately, the staging of the match was not affected by such reckless and dangerous action, but several people were still injured.”
The yellow parachute was decorated with “KICK OUT OIL” and Greenpeace in Germany confirmed they were behind the stunt as a protest against the Volkswagen tournament sponsor.
“We as the German football federation obviously condemn him, because it was not only him but others that he endangered and injured. It is unacceptable from our point of view,” said German team spokesman Jens Grittner. “And the incident is being monitored by the police, the authorities here in Munich and UEFA. But of course we also condemned what happened there. It probably could have been a lot worse.”