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Greenpeace donates to charity after Basel protest

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 9:42am  ET

FILE- In this Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, Greenpeace activists display a banner calling for protection of the Arctic region, during a Champions League group E group stage soccer match between Switzerland's FC Basel and Germany's FC Schalke 04 at the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland. Swiss club Basel says Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, Greenpeace has donated money to a charity supported by the club after activists disrupted the Champions League match to make an environmental protest. Basel says Greenpeace gave "a considerable sum" to a children's home in Romania following the Oct. 1 incident. (AP Photo/Keystone, Laurent Gillieron, File)

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) -- The Swiss soccer club FC Basel says Greenpeace donated a "considerable sum" to a charity supported by the team after environmental activists disrupted a Champions League match.

Basel says Greenpeace has made the donation to a children's home in Romania following the Oct. 1 protest. The team says Greenpeace acknowledged damage to the club's reputation.

European soccer's governing body fined Basel $41,000 for the security breach at St. Jakob Park during a match against Schalke.

Greenpeace activists descended from the stadium roof to unfurl a banner in protest of the Russian oil and gas firm Gazprom, which sponsors the Champions League and Schalke.

The banner also referred to 30 people detained in Russia after their boat was seized during a protest at an Arctic drilling platform.


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