Euro 2020 – France 1-0 Germany: Several in hospital after parachute protest

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The protestor was given medical attention before being escorted away
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Several people have been taken to hospital to receive treatment for injuries caused by a protester who parachuted into the Allianz Arena during France’s win over Germany.

European football’s governing body Uefa said “law authorities will take the necessary action” for what it called a “reckless and dangerous” act.

Debris fell on to the pitch and stands when the parachutist got tangled in wires carrying an overhead camera.

The man landed heavily on the pitch.

He had the words “Kick out oil Greenpeace” written on his parachute and was given medical attention before being escorted away by security.

France head coach Didier Deschamps was seen ducking out of the way of a large piece of equipment near the dugout.

Environmental campaign group Greenpeace took responsibility for the stunt and in a statement apologised to those who were hurt, blaming “technical difficulties” for the paraglider unintentionally landing on the pitch.

Greenpeace campaigner Benjamin Stephan said the plan was to “fly over” the stadium and release a light ball with a message encouraging German car manufacturer Volkswagen “to do more to protect the climate”.

It added that “safety is at the heart of Greenpeace’s action” and it will support any investigation.

“We sincerely and emphatically apologise to the two injured and hope that they will get better soon,” said Stephan. “We would also like to apologise to the players and spectators for the moment of shock.”

In a statement, Uefa called it a “reckless and dangerous act”.

“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,” the governing body added.

France won the game 1-0 courtesy of Mats Hummels’ own goal in the first half.

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