Several spectators were sent to the hospital when a protester parachuted into the stadium before France’s match against Germany at the European Championship, according to UEFA.
When the parachutist struck wires for an overhead camera linked to the stadium roof, debris fell on the field and the main grandstand, narrowly missing France coach Didier Deschamps. The governing body of European soccer has described the act as “reckless and hazardous,” and has stated that law enforcement will take appropriate action.
According to UEFA, this careless behaviour resulted in injuries to several spectators who are now in the hospital. Deschamps was seen ducking into the team dugout to avoid falling debris tunnel minutes before the start of the Euro 2020 encounter between the last two World Cup champions.
The message KICK OUT OIL and Greenpeace were scrawled on the protester’s parachute. After connecting with the wires, he looked to lose control as he drifted toward the stadium. He drifted away from the playing field and into the main grandstand, barely clearing the fans’ heads.
When the parachutist made it to the field, Germany’s Antonio Rudiger and Robin Gosens were the first to reach him. Security stewards escorted him away and he received medical assistance off to the side of the field. Greenpeace has already challenged UEFA and one of its top-tier tournament sponsors, Russian state energy corporation Gazprom.