Munich police are investigating a Greenpeace activist for “various offenses” after he parachuted into the Allianz Arena ahead of France’s victory over Germany at Euro 2020.
A 38-year-old man from the state of Baden-Württemberg was arrested after the parachutist became entangled in wires carrying an aerial camera, before landing heavily on the field among the players before kick-off.
Police confirmed that two men were injured as a result of the incident during the landing approach as debris fell on the field and in the stands.
European football’s governing body said on Tuesday that “judicial authorities would take the necessary steps” for what it called a “reckless and dangerous” act.
The activist, who suffered no injuries and was escorted by security, had written on his parachute the words “Kick out oil Greenpeace”.
The German Greenpeace Twitter account confirmed the coup was a protest against tournament sponsor Volkswagen, demanding an end to the sale of gasoline and diesel cars.
Munich police said in a statement: “In this regard, investigations are currently being carried out for various offenses against the Criminal Code and the Air Traffic Act, among others.
“The Munich police department emphasizes that it has no understanding for such irresponsible actions, in which considerable endangerment of human life is accepted.”
Environmental campaign group Greenpeace said the activist was only meant to drop a balloon inside the stadium before encountering technical difficulties.
“We ask the two people injured yesterday during the action of Greenpeace to accept our sincere apologies,” read a statement from Greenpeace.
“The pilot wanted to float a balloon in the stadium but then had to make an emergency landing because the paraglider’s manual throttle control failed.”
France head coach Didier Deschamps was seen deviating from large equipment near the canoe.
Speaking after the game, Deschamps said: “Look, I thought that was something planned in advance. Yes, we were close to a tragedy.
“On the bench with Guy (assistant coach Guy Stéphan) we tried to take refuge. I have a small bump because I hit the cover of the bench. Yes, we were close, it could have been a tragedy once again .
“So what can I say? It shouldn’t have happened. But at the same time, when you witness events like this… it will become literature because there has been no consequence.”
UEFA said in a statement: “This reckless act – which could have had very serious consequences for a large number of those present – caused injuries to several people attending the match who are now in hospital and the authorities judicial authorities will take the necessary measures. “
France won the game 1-0 after German defender Mats Hummels scored his own side in the first half.