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Youtuber Claims UEFA Intended to Block Broadcast of European Championship Kickoff Video

Using a counterfeit EM school mascot for deception

Mascot Albärt joined in the celebrations at the European Championship kick-off in Munich.
Mascot Albärt joined in the celebrations at the European Championship kick-off in Munich.

Youtuber Claims UEFA Intended to Block Broadcast of European Championship Kickoff Video

YouTube personality Marvin Wildhage exposed security vulnerabilities at the EUFA European Championship's kick-off match by using a phony mascot. According to Wildhage, the UEFA tried unsuccessfully to stop the release of the video. As a result, he and two others were banned from the stadium.

In a video posted on Thursday, Wildhage declared that the UEFA had aimed to stop him from sharing the video publicly by issuing an injunction. "We chose not to sign it, not to comply. So, the video was uploaded online," Wildhage stated.

Previously, Wildhage received a warning from a 'high-ranking UEFA official' not to disclose the video, as they intended to act against it, Wildhage claimed. The UEFA did not respond to our request for a comment by late Thursday evening.

Wildhage successfully skirted security by using a counterfeit pass and donning a bogus "Albaert" mascot costume at the Munich EM stadium for Germany's initial match against Scotland. He has since released a lengthier video, which has garnered millions of views. According to the images, Wildhage seemed to have gained access to the playing field, hidden within the costume. The UEFA then handed him and two others involved a stadium ban.

Authorities reported that the officials had procured phony accreditations, recording equipment, and the deceptive "Albaert" costume. The police informed EUFA about the stadium's access control issues due to the occurrence. Wildhage was allegedly charged with trespassing, obtaining services through deception, and forgery of documents. He refused to comment any further due to the ongoing legal proceedings.

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Despite the UEFA's attempt to prevent the release of the kick-off video at the European Football Championship 2024 in Munich, the YouTube personality Marvin Wildhage managed to share it publicly. The incident, which involved Wildhage using a fake mascot to bypass stadium security, resulted in him being banned from the stadium.

The European Football Championship 2024, organized by UEFA, is set to be a significant event in Soccer history, with Munich set to host several matches. The controversy surrounding Wildhage's actions has added an unexpected twist to the preparations for the tournament, highlighting the need for robust security measures.

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