Two hospitalised after Greenpeace activist paraglides onto Euro 2020 pitch

16 June 2021, 09:03 | Updated: 16 June 2021, 10:01

The campaign was against Volkswagen, a sponsor for Euro 2020
The campaign was against Volkswagen, a sponsor for Euro 2020. Picture: PA

By Emma Soteriou

Two football fans have been taken to hospital with injuries after a Greenpeace activist paraglided onto a Euro 2020 pitch during a match between France and Germany.

The activist from Greenpeace had the words "Kick out oil! Greenpeace" written on his parachute.

The campaign was targeted at one of the Euro 2020 sponsors - Volkswagen - calling for them to stop selling diesel and petrol cars.

Greenpeace revealed that a ball was intended to be thrown on the pitch as the paraglider flew past the stadium, but the parachute got caught up in camera wires.

Debris fell on the pitch and into the stands in the process, and France's head coach, Didier Deschamps, was seen ducking out of the way of a large piece of equipment near the dugout.

The protestor landed heavily on the pitch and received medical help before being removed by security.

Read more: Thumbs up: Christian Eriksen posts selfie from hospital bed and says he feels 'fine'

Read more: Euro 2020: Fan in 'serious condition' after falling from stands in England game

The Greenpeace activist was escorted off the pitch after receiving medical assistance.
The Greenpeace activist was escorted off the pitch after receiving medical assistance. Picture: PA

Following the incident, a statement read: "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.

"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 campaigner Benjamin Stephan said in a statement on the German site: "We sincerely and emphatically apologise to the two injured and hope that they will get better soon.

"We would also like to apologise to the players and spectators for the moment of shock."

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Ben Habib has hit back at suggestions Nigel Farage could join the Conservative party

Reform deputy hits back at suggestion Nigel Farage could join Tories, after leader tells LBC he could lead merged party

Olympic rings on the Eiffel Tower in Paris

IOC gives 14 Russians and 11 Belarusians neutral status for Paris Olympics

The ride got stuck upside down

Horrifying moment people get stuck upside down on theme park ride, as dozens have to be rescued

David Cameron and Nigel Farage

David Cameron says Nigel Farage is trying to destroy the Conservative Party through Reform UK

Kevin Campbell has died

Arsenal and Everton footballer Kevin Campbell dies aged 54

Kate and Charles attend Trooping the Colour ceremony

Kate seen for first time in public since cancer diagnosis at Trooping the Colour, as King receives salute

Millwall's Matija Sarkic died

Millwall goalkeeper Matija Sarkic dies aged 26, as club 'completely devastated'

Muslim pilgrims standing at the top of the rocky hill known as the Mountain of Mercy

Muslim pilgrims converge at Mount Arafat for worship as Hajj reaches its peak

Bob Bell confronted the robber

'Hero' shop worker jumps in to grab gun-toting robber threatening colleague, as mother-in-law praises 'lovely boy'

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, arrives at Zurich airport in Switzerland

World leaders to meet at Swiss resort on possible Ukraine peace roadmap

David Cameron has warned that Nigel Farage is trying to destroy the Conservative party

General Election LIVE: Cameron warns Farage is 'trying to destroy the Conservatives', as Labour tackles NHS

The coach of one of the boys said he was 'not a monster'

'He's not a monster - he just didn't have the right role models,' claims boxing coach of 12-year-old machete murderer

Wayne Lineker was punched

Wayne Lineker's 'own brand of excess and drunkenness' to blame for attack that saw him knocked out, politician says

Alan Bates, Imelda Staunton and Tracey Emin were given honours in the birthday list

Post Office campaigner Alan Bates knighted in Birthday Honours, as Imelda Staunton and Tracey Emin made dames


Domestic abuse cases during Euros ‘could double’ as police seek to understand link between football and violence

Three drones have been seized by Merseyside Police after they were flown over Taylor Swift's concert in Liverpool's Anfield Stadium

Three drones seized after being flown over Taylor Swift's concerts at Liverpool's Anfield Stadium