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EM 2024 – Masked man under the stadium roof: What we know about it

EM 2024 – Masked man under the stadium roof: What we know about it
EM 2024 – Masked man under the stadium roof: What we know about it

A man climbs under the stadium roof during the European Championship match in Dortmund. The 21-year-old’s motive is initially unclear. Pictures show that he was masked. The national players knew about it.

During Germany’s European Championship round of 16 match against Denmark, a man climbed under the roof of the Dortmund stadium – and was only taken away by the police after the final whistle. The scenes on Saturday evening attracted a great deal of international attention, and questions were once again raised about the security concept at the European Football Championship.

What we know

The Dortmund police sent out three reports on Sunday night. The man is said to be a 21-year-old from Osnabrück. He reportedly got onto the roof at 10:27 p.m., at the start of the second half. The officers wrote several times that there was no danger to spectators. Emergency services approached the man after the final whistle and spoke to him. A helicopter also illuminated the stadium roof, the police said.

it can be seen that the man was initially masked and had a large backpack on his back. He climbed from the accessible platforms under the stadium roof onto the struts of the roof structure. The moment when the man is led away is also documented.

The German and Danish players were informed of the incident. However, the events had no concrete impact on the course of the game or on the departure after the match. As the German Football Association confirmed on Sunday, referee Michael Oliver reported the events to the captains of both teams, Ilkay Gündogan and Kasper Schmeichel, before the start of the second half. Pictures show all three looking up towards the stadium roof. The match then continued without disruption. The referee was also in contact with a delegate from the European Football Union UEFA on the sidelines.

What we don’t know

The police were initially unable to provide any information about the man’s motive. “There is currently no evidence that the man intended to endanger the stadium guests with his behavior,” the police said. No information was initially provided about the contents of the backpack either. The “Bild” newspaper reported on Sunday afternoon that the backpack contained photo equipment and that the man was a so-called “roofer,” who climbs tall buildings and takes photos or films himself. The exact background to the decision to allow the second half to begin is unclear.

It is also unclear how the man was able to get into the area under the roof. Access is usually blocked. The accessible platforms under the roof are used for maintenance of the stadium’s technical equipment, for example. It is also unclear how the man got into the interior with a large backpack; entry is normally not permitted with this.

Questions about the security concept for the 2024 European Championship in Germany

The incident raises questions about the security concept for the European Championship. There were repeated incidents during the group phase when spectators got onto the pitch to take a photo with the players. During the opening match, a web video producer dressed as the mascot “Albärt” and using fake accreditation gained access to the interior of the Munich stadium.

On Sunday morning, UEFA referred to the police statement. “We have no further comment,” the umbrella organization said in response to a query from the German Press Agency.

Source: Stern

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