Greenpeace protest halts Champions League match

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Greenpeace activists managed to interrupt last night’s Champions League clash between Basel and Schalke after unveiling a protest banner during the match.

After scaling the stadium to reach the roof of the St Jakob-Park stadium, protesters then abseiled partially down to unfurl an anti-Gazprom message to the watching world.

The Russian company, which extracts natural gas, is one of the main sponsors of the Champions League, and is also the shirt-sponsor of Schalke.

In a statement released after the match, Greenpeace made it clear why they had targeted this match to make their statement.

"With this action, the defenders of the Arctic showed the red card to the Russian sponsors of the Champions League and German club, and to their oil-drilling and dirty tricks in the Artic," read an official message from the organisation.

The incident halted play just four minutes after it had begun, and could also land the Swiss club in hot water with UEFA.

For the record, a fine goal from Julian Draxler secured a vital win for the Bundesliga outfit, and puts them in a good position to qualify after two matches.

You can watch a video of the Greenpeace protest at the top of this article…

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