Parachuting Protester Injures Spectators at Euro 2020 Match

Several spectators were injured after a protestor parachuted into the stadium before France played Germany at the European Championship.

Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) said that the victimes were immediately treated in the hospital.

The incident happened when the parachutist, who has “Kick Out Oil” and “Greenpeace” written on the back of his parachute, struck wires for an overhead camera system that was attached to the stadium roof, causing debris to fall on the field and main grandstand.

The European soccer’s governing body said that it was an “inconsiderate act” as it could have “very serious consequences” to the audience.

“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,” UEFA said.

Greenpeace has apologized for the injuries caused by the protester. “That was never our intention. The paraglider was to fly over the stadium and drop a latex ball with a message of protest onto the field,” Greenpeace spokesperson Benjamin Stephan said.

The incident happened just before the start of the Euro 2020 match between the last two World Cup champions. 

© Fourth Estate® — All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.