Greenpeace Protesters Arrested at Champions League Final

Tim KeeneyContributor IMay 24, 2014

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A team of 10 Greenpeace activists were arrested during Saturday night's Champions League final before they were able to hang a massive anti-Gazprom banner from the roof of Estadio Da Luz. 

The organization's website confirmed the news shortly after the arrests were made, noting that it hoped to expose the Russian oil company on the world's biggest stage. 

Greenpeace explained its disdain for Gazprom, one of the Champions League's main sponsors: 

It's also the first oil company to be drilling for oil in the Arctic.

Gazprom is one of a handful of companies that sees devastating climate change as an opportunity, not a threat. While the rest of us worry about rising temperatures and melting ice caps, Gazprom sees a chance to get its hands on the oil that's trapped beneath the frozen north.

CNN's Alex Thomas spotted one of the protesters on the roof of the stadium prior to the match's opening whistle, while Greenpeace's UK Twitter account noted what the banner would have read:

Of course, this isn't the first time Greenpeace has used the Champions League as a platform to attack Gazprom. During a group-stage match between FC Basel 1893 and FC Schalke 04 in October, the organization was successful in unfurling a banner from the rafters. 

Here's a look:

Greenpeace also recently crashed a Real Madrid press conference with the same message: 

While this particular stunt didn't work out, and the millions watching the all-Madrid clash didn't ultimately see the giant banner, the ultimate goal has been reached: People are talking about the subject. 

Many on social media were quick to applaud Greenpeace: 

Whether or not that invokes their sought-after changes from Gazprom remains to be seen, but it seems clear that Greenpeace isn't backing down from this battle.