Premier League: Everton-Newcastle interrupted by protester


If there’s one thing the field invaders of the world aren’t known for, it’s an endgame.

Starting a field or pitch invasion is simple: jump onto the turf, possibly naked, and run around until the entire stadium has your eyes on you. Then comes the difficult part. Do you walk around until security inevitably locks you up, leading you to jail time and a ban from future games? Try your luck at the hit or miss escape?

These are questions to which the intruders seem to have no answers. Until Thursday, when an enterprising protester found a new way to extend his time in the spotlight during a Premier League game between Everton and Newcastle.

The protester, wearing a “Just Stop Oil” shirt, ran onto the field and then tied his neck to a goalpost.

This space invader during Thursday’s Everton-Newcastle game, unlike most of them, had a final. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

While one might think removing the protester would be as easy as finding the next pair of scissors, apparently it wasn’t so easy for the game commissioners.

For several minutes, employees tried to cut the demonstrator free. Even bolt cutters struggled to get the job done.

However, the circus didn’t stop when the protester was finally cleared of the post. After security forces released him on the ground, an Everton supporter ran onto the pitch and tried to attack the protester before being dragged away himself.

In total, it took around seven minutes for the game to start again. Everton would eventually win 1-0, behind Alex Iwobi’s stoppage-time goal, a welcome respite from the club’s recent turmoil.

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