The protester who delayed the Everton v Newcastle Premier League match by locking himself to a goalpost says he “really hates inconveniencing people” and felt like the “most hated man on the planet” during his stunt.
Student Louis McKechnie, a member of Just Stop Oil who has been to prison and been hit by motorists while protesting with Insulate Britain, told The Big Issue stopping the match was “without a doubt the scariest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
Viewers on Amazon Prime, along with tens of thousands inside Goodison Park, were treated to a pitch invasion par excellence on Thursday when McKechnie locked himself to a goalpost, causing a long delay to the game while stewards attempted to free him with bolt cutters.
McKechnie, a 21-year-old mechanical engineering student, told The Big Issue: “Knowing that I’m going to be messing up the day of thousands and thousands of people in that stadium – I really hate inconveniencing people like that, but I’m doing it for them.”
He added: “I felt like the most hated man on the planet while I was there. But it’s not really about how it affects me – if it helps all those people know what’s coming, and helps them act to protect themselves, it doesn’t really matter what happens to me.”
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The protest was one of several Premier League pitch invasions last week heralding the launch of Just Stop Oil, a successor group to Insulate Britain who want an end to new oil projects in the UK.