Protester Ties Himself To Goal Post Bringing Everton Vs Newcastle Game To Standstill
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A man tied himself to the goal post during a football match this evening (17 March).
The protester ran onto the pitch during Everton 's match against Newcastle United at Goodison Park, wearing a t-shirt that said 'Just Stop Oil'.
He used cable ties to attach him to the post, with staff racing over to remove him as quickly as possible while the game was paused.
The protester has been named as Louis, and he was eventually released from the cable ties and removed from the pitch so play could continue.
JustStopOil report that the 21-year-old said something needs to be done now in order to prevent a global catastrophe.
He said: "It's 2022 and it's time to look up, time to step up and not stand by. It's time to act like it's an emergency.
"Report after report is telling me that my future is going to be dire, and my government is telling me not to worry and pay into a pension.
"But we have a choice. We can choose to highlight that our climate is breaking down, we can choose to resist this government that is betraying us, we can choose to step up and not stand by.
"Our government is betraying us by funding new oil fields in the North Sea. New oil means destruction of our children’s future.
"It means war on small island states. And it means suffering now for the poorest and most marginalised in all regions."
Following the incident, people have been divided as to whether they agree with Louis and his group's methods.
Writing on Twitter, one critic said: "Idc what the explanation is, that's not the way to go about it if you care about your credibility.
This evening, Louis, a 21 year-old supporter of Just Stop Oil, locked on to the goalpost at Goodison Park wearing a Just Stop Oil t-shirt, causing the referee to briefly stop play.— JustStopOil (@JustStop_Oil) March 17, 2022
When explaining why he has chosen this action, Louis said: pic.twitter.com/XqjaYFIDyz
"Football is used for escapism, we don't need this interrupting the match."
Echoing the concern, another chimed in: "Look at the state of this protest. The abuse from the public shows this is not the way to protest.
"Give it up."
However, some were supportive of the stunt, saying it did its job in bringing attention to the issue fo climate change.
Praising Louis, one person said: "Fair play. No football on a dead planet."
While another added: "Fair play to him, that took courage and what he's saying matters more than the game."