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Madrid conference interrupted by anti-Gazprom protest

Real Madrid's news conference ahead of their Champions League game against FC Copenhagen was briefly interrupted on Monday after a Greenpeace anti-Gazprom poster was lowered onto a screen.

The poster, which read "Save the Arctic" and "Show Gazprom the red card" and featured the logo of the environmental protest group, appeared behind Madrid manager Carlo Ancellotti before an official swiftly removed it.

Gazprom are one of the sponsors of Europe's elite club competition.

Swiss club Basel were fined €30,000 (£25,000) by Uefa in October after Greenpeace activists abseiled from the stadium roof and unveiled a banner reading "Gazprom, don't foul the Arctic".

Abseilers descend from Basel stadium roof

At least four abseilers were seen descending from the room of Basel's St Jakob Park stadium with a banner protesting against Arctic oil drilling by Russian energy firm Gazprom.

At least four Greenpeace abseilers accompanied the banner. Credit: Reuters

Schalke, the German team playing against Basel, display the Gazprom sponsor on the chest of their playing shirts.

Schalke's Marco Hoeger (right) jumps with Basel's Taulant Xhaka before the match was disrupted. Credit: Reuters

Greenpeace protest disrupts Champions League match

The banner objected to Gazprom's Arctic oil drilling. Credit: Reuters

A Greenpeace protest has halted a Champions League match between Basel and Schalke in Switzerland.

Protesters abseiled from the roof of the St. Jakob Park stadium and unveiled a banner aimed at Russian energy firm Gazprom, which sponsors the tournament.

Related: Six Britons among Greenpeace activists jailed in Russia over Gazprom boat protest

British clubs learn Champions League opponents

Chelsea were the last British winners of the Champions League in 2012. Credit: DPA

Five British clubs have learned of their Champions League group stage opponents.

Group A: Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Sociedad

Group D: Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, Manchester City, Viktoria Plzen

Group E: Chelsea, Schalke, Basel, Steaua Bucharest

Group F: Arsenal, Marseille, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli

Group H: Barcelona, AC Milan, Ajax, Celtic

See the full draw at ITV Football


Bayern Munich lift Champions League trophy

Bayern Munich are the champions of Europe after beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the final at Wembley. For analysis and highlights from the match, visit ITV Sport.

Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm holds up the Champions League trophy. Credit: PA
Bayern Munich players celebrate after beating Borussia Dortmund at Wembley. Credit: PA
Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery holds up the Champions League trophy. Credit: PA
Bayern Munich supporters celebrate their side's victory in central London. Credit: PA
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