A BOOKIE has hatched plans to save the summer of sports from dangerous protesters – by sending them to the top in a HOT AIR BALLOON.
Both the Grand National and World Snooker Championships have already been targeted by campaign groups this year.
Now pranksters Paddy Power are hoping to warn them not to disrupt other events through the use of PEST – the Protestor Exit Support Team.
The PEST unit will evacuate protesters and take them away from Royal Ascot in a pants-shaped hot air balloon – allowing millions of spectators to enjoy the non-stop action.
The bookmaker has also commissioned an investigation of 2,000 sports fans which found the weather in Britain is the only thing people are more worried about than the protesters.
A spokesman for Paddy Power said: “We see you as a problem protester and are offering you to raise your profile – to a safe height of around 300 metres.”
“Everyone has the right to protest peacefully, but a small minority of activists are wreaking havoc at major sporting events this summer, putting athletes, animals and spectators at risk with their reckless actions.
“They rob us of the joy of one of the purest forms of escapism we have left, and worst of all, they make fools of His Majesty’s servants by proving that when they were all of them, they were all blatant idiots were children in playing tag.
“So if these dangerous protesters are looking to gain high profile, we will enable them, courtesy of our carbon-neutral Lucky Pants hot air balloon.”
It also found that while 63 percent are concerned about the possibility of further disruption, 75 percent recognize the importance of ensuring they have the right to protest safely and speak their minds freely.
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However, 72 percent also said that sporting events should be spared dangerous demonstrations.
And half believe that these should remain in public space.
55 percent of those who want activists to stay away from sport fear it could pose a danger to athletes, spectators and animals, and 53 percent also think it’s disrespectful to those putting so much time into training for these occasions invest.
Another 74 percent worry that the actions of protesters at sporting events are not helping to advance the causes they are fighting for, while 38 percent generally agree with what is campaigned about, but agree that this could be done in a more respectful way.
In the survey conducted over OnePoll.com4 in 10 believe fines should be imposed on those who dangerously march onto the pitch to demonstrate picketing, while 37 per cent believe arrests should be made as a result of this action.
However, 39 percent say the government’s “protest elimination teams” are doing only “reasonable” work in dealing with disruptive protesters.
And when it comes to athletes, 57 percent support those who use their platform to support movements and raise awareness on important issues.
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