Greenpeace activist crashes Euro game in paraglider

Two people are in hospital after a Greenpeace activist crash landed in the stadium ahead of Germany’s match with France. The environment group has received a backlash for its “reckless” act.

Munich police are investigating after a protester parachuted onto the pitch just as Tuesday’s Euro 2020 match between Germany and France was about to kick off. Two people were injured after the activist lost control of the motor-powered paraglider and had to perform an emergency landing.

Police said they had “no understanding whatsoever for such irresponsible actions, in which there was a considerable endangerment of human life.”

Greenpeace spokesperson Benjamin Stephan said the paraglider was supposed to fly over the stadium and drop a latex ball with a message of protest onto the field.

The parachutist came in at a steep angle and appeared to clip a cable when entering the stadium. 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.

Debris fell from the stadium roof, narrowly missing French coach Didier Deschamps.

The parachute bore the words “Kick out oil” to protest tournament sponsor Volkswagen.

Greenpeace apologized, saying it was “never our intention to disrupt the game or cause injury. We hope that no one is seriously injured.”

European football’s governing body, UEFA and the German Football Association (DFB) said the failed stunt was “reckless and dangerous”.