Greenpeace has apologised after a paraglider hit spidercam wires in the Allianz Arena and nearly crashed into supporters in a botched protest during Germany’s Euro clash against France.
The activist, who had ‘Kick Out Oil’ emblazoned on his yellow parachute, was inches away from fans’ heads as he lost control, sending debris falling on to the pitch.
A part of his device nearly crashed down onto France manager Didier Deschamps who sheltered in the dugout.
The daredevil managed to divert his parachute away from the stands after spinning wildly above the pitch, and head towards the turf, almost hitting players lining up before kickoff.
He appeared to injure a photographer in the failed stunt as he made a very heavy landing on the pitch next to the German stars who ran for safety.
Greenpeace Germany later apologised, saying: ‘We apologise that at today’s #Greenpeace campaign, due to a technical fault, a forced emergency landing endangered people and one person was apparently injured as a result. We hope everyone is fine. #FRAGER.’
A Greenpeace protester narrowly avoided disaster after he parachuted into the Allianz stadium before Germany’s game against France at Euro 2020
The activist, who had ‘Kick Out Oil’ emblazoned on his yellow parachute, glided into the stadium before losing control
After nearly flying into the stands, putting fans at danger, he managed to divert his parachute and land on the pitch
France manager Didier Deschamps ran for cover in the dugout as a piece of debris fell just in front of him
The international coach ducked under the dugout during the botched protest moments ahead of kickoff
He headed towards the pitch, causing the players to run to safety, as he landed heavily near the German stars
After nearly flying into the stands, putting fans at danger, he managed to divert his parachute and land on the pitch where Germany players Antonio Rudiger and Robin Gosens were the first to approach him.
He was then led away by security stewards and given medical attention on the side of the field.
The activist seemed unhurt and was quickly arrested.
A camera operator appeared to have been injured in the incident but walked away by himself with medics.
He nearly crashed into players lining up before kickoff and appeared to injure a photographer in the botched protest
He was then led away by security stewards and given medical attention on the side of the field
The parachutist attempted the daring stunt at the start of arguably the tournament’s most anticipated game so far
The daredevil managed to divert his parachute away from the stands after spinning wildly above the pitch
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.’
The car manufacturer is one of the sponsors of the football tournament.
France went on to win the highly anticipated clash 1-0 thanks to an own-goal by German defender Mats Hummels.
The parachutist came in at a steep angle and appeared to clip a cable when entering the stadium
Greenpeace Germany later claimed credit for the stunt and said it was aimed at Volkswagen, a tournament sponsor
Deschamps and an assistant in the dugout look up after he was nearly hit by the falling piece of equipment