Greenpeace parachutist delays start to Germany and France opener

Soccer Football - Euro 2020 - Group F - France v Germany - Football Arena Munich, Munich, Germany - June 15, 2021 A Greenpeace protestor on the pitch before the match Pool via REUTERS/Lukas Barth-Tuttas

MUNICH (Reuters) - A parachutist with "Kick Out Oil" and "Greenpeace" written on the back of his parachute flew into the Allianz stadium before Germany's Euro 2020 opener against France on Tuesday, briefly delaying the match and appearing to injure at least one person before landing.

Two Germany players approached the man before security officials escorted him off the pitch.

A camera operator appeared to have been injured in the incident but walked away by himself with medics.

The parachutist came in at a steep angle and appeared to clip a cable when entering the stadium as he struggled to gain control before landing heavily at the far end of the pitch where players were waiting to start the Group F match.

Greenpeace Germany later wrote on Twitter: "Hey @Volkswagen, time to kick out oil! #Greenpeace activists protest against the games' sponsor at the #FRAGER-match and demand: stop selling climate-damaging diesel and petrol cars! #EURO2020"

(Reporting by Michael Kahn, Editing by Hugh Lawson)

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 46
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Join our Telegram channel to get our Evening Alerts and breaking news highlights

Next In Others

Olympics-Sailing-Winds picking up as sailing gets serious
Olympics-Weightlifting-Happy to see you, lifters tell anti-doping testers
Olympics-Tokyo Games officials bet on technology to make up for lack of fans
Olympics-Fencing-Hungary and Italy in semifinals of men's sabre team
Olympics-Rowing-Italian rower misses medal-winning race after positive COVID test
Olympics-Japan public should be reassured by Games organizers' COVID measures -IOC spokesperson
Olympics-Basketball 3x3-At first medal matches, DJ Lass is there to pump up the volume
IOC says more can be done on athlete mental health after Biles withdrawal
Olympics-IOC says has 'huge respect and support' for Biles
Organisers report 16 new Games-related COVID-19 cases

Stories You'll Enjoy