The Premier League meeting between Everton and Newcastle was delayed in bizarre circumstances when a protester wearing a T-shirt bearing the slogan ‘Just Stop Oil’ attached himself by the neck to one of the goalposts.
The game at Goodison Park was in the early stages of the second half when the man charged onto the pitch before fastening himself to the upright using a zip tie.
Stewards and security staff intervened as bemused players watched on, with a delay of more than five minutes as attempts were made to free the man.
A pair of bolt cutters were brought onto the pitch but seemingly made no impact before stewards eventually managed to cut the man loose.
The intruder dropped to his knees in another sign of defiance, although the scenes took a twist when another supporter charged onto the pitch in an apparent attempt to remonstrate with the protester.