Fan handcuffs himself to post in PL game

A protester was arrested after running on the field during Tuesday’s Premier League match between Everton and Manchester City and handcuffing himself to a goal post.

The game was forced into an extended break while security guards worked to free the man from the visiting team’s goal at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England.

Police eventually produced bolt cutters to unshackle the man, identified by the Liverpool Echo as 46-year-old John Foley, of Southport.

He was wearing a shirt denouncing discount airline Ryanair, reportedly as part of an ongoing campaign against what he alleges was unfair treatment of his daughters by the company. Ryanair has previously firmly denied his accusations.

Foley was believed to have previously staged protests on top of Liverpool’s Crowne Plaza hotel, at John Lennon Airport and at the Cheltenham Festival race meeting, the Echo reported.

"It transpired that the supporter is a known professional protester, allegedly protesting about an airline’s recruitment policy. He was arrested by Merseyside Police, who are now dealing with the matter," the Everton Football Club said in a statement.

According to Yahoo! Sports, the same man also appeared in a recent video protesting the Dublin-based carrier’s hiring practices and low wages.

In the video, he wore the same T-shirt as he did Tuesday, and called for a week-long boycott of the airline to start in March.

Newscore contributed to this report.