A flying protester botched a parachute stunt at Euro 2020, crash landing in the stadium and leaving 2 people in the hospital
- A Greenpeace protester botched a parachute stunt at Euro 2020, leaving two people in hospital.
- The protester crashed into overhead camera wires at the Allianz Arena causing debris to fall into the stands.
- Soccer authorities called the stunt "reckless and dangerous," while Greenpeace has apologized.
A parachuting Greenpeace protester caused chaos ahead of a Euro 2020 game Tuesday night, accidentally flying into the stadium, crashing into overhead wires, and leaving two people in the hospital
Debris fell on to the pitch and into the stands when a parachutist flew into overhead camera wires at the Allianz Arena just ahead of France's win over Germany on Tuesday night.
The stuntman swooped over the stands, narrowly avoiding crashing into fans, before he crash landed on the pitch among the players who were preparing for the game.
His parachute had "Kick out oil!" written on it in protest against Euro 2020 sponsor and German car manufacturer Volkswagen.
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"We sincerely and emphatically apologize to the two injured and hope that they will get better soon," said Greenpeace in a statement, adding that the parachutist was never even meant to enter the stadium.
"The paraglider wanted to fly over the stadium and let a light latex ball with a message of protest against Volkswagen sink onto the field and urge VW to do more to protect the climate. Technical difficulties led to the fact that the pilot was forced to land in the stadium."
Munich Police said that two men were taken to hospital with head injuries following the incident, and that a 38-year-old man was detained.
"The aircraft was seized," Munich police said, per The Guardian. "Investigations are now being conducted into several offences under the criminal code and the air traffic act, among others."
European soccer's governing body UEFA called the incident "reckless and dangerous," and insisted that it will take legal action against those responsible, reports the Evening Standard.
German team spokesman Jens Grittner said: "We as the German soccer federation condemn it of course, because it wasn't just him, but others that he endangered and injured.
"It could probably have turned out much worse."
Reigning world champion France beat Germany 1-0 on the chaotic night, which also included accusations of biting, a comical own goal, and France star Paul Pogba taking a leaf out of Cristiano Ronaldo's book.
Winning saw France move into second place in Group F behind Portugal, which beat Hungary 3-0 earlier in the day.
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