UEFA has confirmed that a number of people were injured and being treated in hospital after a paragliding protest at Euro 2020. The incident took place just before Germany hosted France in their opener in Munich. UEFA has said that they will take appropriate action against the “reckless and dangerous” act.
Debris fell on the pitch when the protestor got his parachute entangled in the wires of a camera overhead. France’s head coach Didier Deschamps was caught ducking from a piece of debris that flew his way. The Greenpeace activist had the words “Kick out oil Greenpeace” on his parachute.
“Listen I thought it was something planned in advance. Yes, we were close to a tragedy.” Didier Deschamps said after the paragliding protest at Euro 2020. “On the bench with Guy (assistant coach Guy Stephan) we tried to take refuge. I have a little bump because I hit the cover off the bench. Yes, we were close, it could have been a tragedy once again.”
After the man got entangled in the wiring, he suffered heavy fall onto the pitch. He was subsequently treated by the medical team and then escorted away by security.
“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,” UEFA said in a statement. “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 Twitter account later confirmed that the stunt was a protest against the tournament sponsor, Volkswagen. It was to demand the end of the sale of petrol and diesel cars in the country.