Protestor handcuffs himself to goal during Everton v Man City matchFebruary 1st, 2012 - 7:28 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
London, Feb 1 (THAINDIAN NEWS) A man, described by officials as a professional protester, held up play for more than five minutes during the Barclays Premiership game between Everton and Manchester City.
About five minutes to the half time break, the 46-year-old man managed to evade the security and ran to the pitch. Before the security men could react, the man ran to the post of Manchester City and handcuffed himself to the post.
He wore a T-shirt with the words, “Europe’s greatest training robbers. Ryanair. Lowest wages guaranteed. Stop. Recruitment scamming our children.”
It is believed the man is protesting against Ryanair because of the refusal to recruit his child. The Merseyside police have announce that they are keeping the man and will charge him with pitch invasion.
Everton who were playing at home in the match has released an official statement on the matter. The club explained that, “Bolt-cutters were used to remove the offender, who was roundly booed as he was escorted from the ground. It transpired that the supporter is a known professional protester, allegedly protesting about an airline’s recruitment policy. He was arrested by Merseyside Police, who are now dealing with the matter.”
On the match itself, Everton put some brakes on high-flying Man City when they beat them 1-0.
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