An England fan who stuck a flare up his bum and appeared to snort cocaine in front of a cheering crowd refuses to apologise for sneaking into Wembley without a ticket.
He boasted about making it past security at Wembley for the final against Italy and claims to have given a steward ‘a little backhander’.
The 2,500 intruders who tried to force their way into the stadium without a ticket could ruin England’s hopes of hosting the 2030 World Cup.
But when asked if he would apologise for his behaviour, Perry said: ‘Nah, no way. I’m not saying sorry.’
The roofer, from Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, claims to be a veteran ‘gibber’ – a fan who sneaks into matches without paying – and says he did the same for the semi-final against Denmark.
Perry says that after ’18 months of misery’ since Covid-19 struck the UK, he thought his stunt with the flare in his backside would cheer people up.
He says there was so much alcohol in his system that he didn’t feel any pain from the sparks, although he admits it was a ‘very irresponsible thing to do’.
The Chelsea fan told the Sun: ‘I’d been on the p*** since half eight in the morning and had had at least 20 cans of Strongbow.
‘It was the biggest day of my life. There were no rules that day. All I know is that I loved it all. I was off my face and I loved every minute.’
Perry said he was initially stopped and thrown out of Wembley, but he succeeded a second time after removing his jumper and £545 Louis Vuitton bucket hat.
He says he went to a different steward and gave him ‘a little backhander’ at the Covid test result and match ticket area.
Perry then says he was waved through and says he gave another £100 to go behind someone through the turnstiles.
In all, he said it cost him £250 to get in. The cheapest tickets were available for around the same price, but the most expensive were selling for £808.
Some were being sold online for up to £20,000 each, despite Uefa banning resale above face value.
Perry shamelessly posted pictures of himself inside the venue after sneaking in at around 6pm before continuing his bender.
Insisting he has no regrets, he said: ‘My mates and I had one of the best six weeks of our lives. See you in Qatar.’
UEFA has confirmed it is carrying out a disciplinary investigation into the violence between England supporters at Wembley, which erupted as people discovered their seats had been stolen.
The body has also charged the English Football Association over a pitch invasion, an object being thrown from the crowd at Leonardo Bonucci, booing during Italy’s national anthem and the lighting of flares by supporters inside the stadium.
Despite the widespread violence at Wembley, the FA said it is adamant security measures ‘exceeded the requirements for the match’.
It added: ‘However, the behaviour of the people who illegally forced their way into the stadium was unacceptable, dangerous and showed a total disregard for the safety and security protocols in place.
‘No steward or security staff should be subjected to this type of behaviour and we thank them for their support on the night.
‘We also apologise to anyone at the match whose experience was affected by this unprecedented level of public disorder.
‘We will continue to work with the relevant authorities to identify and take action against these people where possible.’
Source – The Metro