The young climate activist who reportedly tied himself to the goalpost at Goodison Park during the English Premier League clash between Everton vs Newcastle, Louis McKechnie has been sentenced to prison.
Recall that the game was stopped immediately McKechnie ran onto the pitch on March 17 and tied himself to the goalpost with a metal zip-tie.
The 21-year-old who got himself a six-week jail sentence was found guilty of aggravated trespass and pitch encroachment. He claimed to be protesting for the civil resistance group Just Stop Oil, which wants the government to stop using fossil fuels. He told the court that he hoped his efforts could be of use.
He was quoted in the media as saying, “Hopefully, public awareness will bring public action which might actually, if we can get the government to listen to us, might actually save a lot of lives.”
Along with a three-year suspension from all football matches, McKechnie was also issued a £50 punishment for entering the field of play. He has already fulfilled his sentence because he has been in detention since July.
Story was adapted from WION news.