Two spectators injured in botched Greenpeace stunt at Euro 2020 game

At least two people were taken to hospital last night when a botched Greenpeace stunt before the France vs Germany Euro match saw a paragliding activist hurtle into fans.

An activist who was supposed to drop a slogan-covered ball onto the pitch lost control when he clipped TV cables attached to the roof of the Allianz Arena in Munich.

The collision sent the activist drastically off course and he only narrowly missed spectators as he swooped over the stands in an attempt to regain control.

In the process, debris fell on to the ground and into the stands, causing two fans to sustain head injuries.

Greenpeace has apologised that the landing ‘did not go as planned’.

The paraglider was to fly over the stadium and drop a latex ball with a message ‘Kill Oil’.

But the ‘technical difficulties’ he encountered sent him shooting just inches over dozens of people’s heads before he landed on the pitch.

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France head coach Didier Deschamps was seen ducking out of the way of a large piece of equipment near the dugout as players and staff were forced to take evasive action to avoid being hit.

Deschamps later said he suffered a ‘little bruise’.

One of the hospitalised fans is suffering facial fractures, German newspaper Bild reported.

The Greenpeace activist avoided serious injury himself and was taken away by stadium stewards.

UEFA called the action ‘reckless and dangerous’ and said ‘law authorities will take the necessary action’.

Greenpeace said in a statement: ‘We sincerely apologise to the two people injured and to fans and players alike.

‘The paraglider was supposed to go over the stadium and let a soft ball float down to the pitch with a protest message to EURO 2020 sponsor Volkswagen.

‘We are calling on it to put an end date to the production of climate damaging internal combustion engine cars and transition to EVs faster.

‘Technical difficulties forced the pilot to an emergency landing in the stadium.’

The organisation promised that it would ‘do everything we can to clear up the cause for this.’

In a post on the German Twitter account, it said their intention was not to disrupt the game or to hurt people and that they are a non-violent group.

German Police have not confirmed the extent of the injuries, but it is understood surgery is not required.

Officers are now considering whether to press criminal charges.

UEFA said: ‘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.

‘The staging of the match was fortunately not impacted by such a reckless and dangerous action, but several people were injured nonetheless.’

‘UEFA and its partners are fully committed to a sustainable Euro 2020 tournament and many initiatives have been implemented to offset carbon emissions.’

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