Protester Who Tied Himself To Goal Posts Revealed As Insulate Britain Campaigner
Everton's battle to save themselves from Premier League relegation got a boost after they beat Newcastle United 1-0 thanks to a very late goal from Alex Iwobi - but the action on the pitch was almost overshadowed by a protester tying himself to the goalposts.
According to BBC News, a man wearing a 'Just Stop Oil' t-shirt was arrested after managing to cable tie himself to the woodwork by his neck, requiring several members of staff and some bolt cutters to free him.
The protester has now identified himself as 21-year-old Louis McKechnie, who had previously ended up in prison after being arrested while campaigning for Insulate Britain. Watch him explain why he disrupted the football match below:
The Daily Mail reports he was one of nine protesters who faced the High Court for breaking a government injunction intended to stop people from gluing themselves to motorways and A roads in and around London, and that he was sentenced to spend three months in prison for taking part in the protests.
He was released after serving half of his sentence.
Before taking to the pitch for his protest, McKechnie posted a video on social media of himself outside Goodison Park explaining his reasons behind what he was about to do.
He said: 'I'm about to disrupt a football match and I'm terrified. But I believe as many people as possible need to know what a possible future holds.
'Billions of people not knowing if they should stay in their homes or if they should of if they should leave where they go as countries become too hot to live in.
'Mass starvation due to crop failure, it's fighting for bread, in the bakery aisle of Morrisons, the cost of living crisis, Covid and the war in Ukraine are showcasing this future.
'I want my government to do all they can to stop this coming true but they are expanding oil and gas making things worse, increasing the risk.'
McKechnie was not the only protester to interrupt a Premier League game, as Liverpool's 2-0 victory over Arsenal on Wednesday (16 March) had to be delayed for a short while after a man got into the pitch and tried to tie himself to the goalposts.
The Daily Mirror reported that the man - identified only by his first name as Kai, 20, on Just Stop Oil's Instagram page - was wearing a 'Just Stop Oil' t-shirt like McKechnie, but was unsuccessful in tying his hands to the woodwork before stewards led him off the pitch.
Just Stop Oil say their protests are intended to call for government action to end reliance on the fossil fuel and to stop further investment into the production of oil.
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