During a Premier League match, a protester attaches himself to the goalpost.

On Thursday night, an environmental protester forced a stoppage in play and seized center stage during a Premier League soccer match.

The man, wearing a bright orange shirt that stated “Just Stop Oil,” chained himself against a goalpost at Everton’s Goodison Park. In white letters on the shirt, there was a link to the Facebook page of an environmentalist group with the same name.

As officials rushed the scene, he stood with a zip-tie around his neck. According to The Mirror, the soccer competition was delayed for about eight minutes.

A protester tied himself to the net during the Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park on March 17, 2022 in Liverpool, England.

Louis McKechnie, a 21-year-old mechanical engineering student with a long history of protests, was recognized as the protester. McKechnie’s ruse was reported on the “Just Stop Oil” Facebook page.

“I’m about to disrupt a football match, and I’m afraid,” Louis McKechnie stated in the video, which was shot before Everton’s match against Newcastle United.

According to the “Just Stop Oil” website, the movement will mobilize “people from all areas of life to reject the plans for new UK oil fields” in 2022.

The protester was identified as 21-year old student Louis McKechnie, according to "Just Stop Oil."

The protester was ejected and carried out of from Goodison following the invasion.

As a video displayed his invasion, McKechnie explained the terrible effects of oil. According to local authorities, he was arrested on suspicion of pitch invasion.

“I feel that as many people as possible should be aware of what the future may contain,” McKechnie added.

McKechnie served a three-month sentence for a separate protest and was freed in January.

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