Several in hospital after parachute protest
European football’s governing body Uefa said “law authorities will take the necessary action” for what it called a “reckless and dangerous” act.
Just before the 8pm (BST) kick-off, a Greenpeace activist got tangled in wires carrying an overhead camera as he entered the stadium with his yellow parachute which had the words “Kick out oil Greenpeace” written in black on it.
Debris fell onto the pitch and into the stands as a result of the entanglement and several people were injured.
On Tuesday evening, Munich police confirmed that as it stands the pilot injured two men during the landing approach. They were treated in hospital but acute emergency medical care was not required.
France head coach Didier Deschamps was also forced to duck out of the way to prevent a large piece of equipment hitting him 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.