I’m not sorry, says Chelsea fan who put flare up bottom, drank 20 ciders, ‘banged a load’ of ‘powder’ & bribed way into Euro final
The England fan who has earned notoriety for having a lit flare protruding from his bottom says he has no regrets over the drink and drug-addled scenes that marred the Wembley final of Euro 2020, adding that he bribed his way in.
Surrey roofer Perry described storming the English national stadium without a ticket, which around 2,500 fans managed to do in an incursion that has led to widespread shock, as "p*ss easy".
The 25-year-old estimated that he had been on a bender that included 20 cans of cider and "a load" of "powder" that he "banged" when he was caught on camera baring his backside with the lit flare coming out of it earlier in the day.
Unrepentant Perry said he had been drinking since 8.30am on the "biggest day of my life" and was familiar with the skills required to sneak into a game without paying, having pulled the same stunt for England's semifinal win over Denmark four days earlier.
🚨 | NEW: Charlie Perry’s day on Sunday 🌅 Start boozing at 8.30 am 🍺 Downed 20 cans👀 “Banged a load” of “powder”💥 Stuck lit flare up ass (to cheer people up after Covid)⚽️ Bribed a steward to get into the Euros final “Im not sorry, Iwas off my face and I loved it” pic.twitter.com/zkbXtIXauQ— News For All (@NewsForAllUK) July 14, 2021
Had no idea the gear guy was the same person as flare up the ass guy. Man went viral twice— 🤌 saka’s dad (@mattjamesd) July 15, 2021
Horrified fans – many of whom had paid hundreds of dollars to be at the match – have criticized police and security forces as part of a national scandal in the aftermath of the horror, when England defender Harry Maguire's dad was among those affected by the pile-in, suffering damaged ribs.
"There were no rules that day," Perry told The Sun, donning the same distinctive Louis Vuitton bucket hat he wore on the day, which the outlet said was worth more than $750.
"All I know is that I loved it all. I was off my face and I loved every minute. Obviously, I didn’t have a ticket. I had gone in as a gibber [chancer] before, so I knew how to get into the stadium already.”
In reference to the flare, Perry said: “After 18 months of misery, I thought it would bring the England fans together.”See, while other people are sowing division, he was trying to bring the British public together, like two cheeks of an arse embracing a lit flare.— James (@trymybest18) July 15, 2021
And people thought Marcus Rashford was a role model.— Mike (@__Michael_Prior) July 14, 2021
Perry said that he had spent around $345 on bribes, first giving a back-hander to a Covid-19 checker at the initial entrance, then using cash to persuade a steward at the main gates.
He proudly posed for a photo in front of the pitch once he was in, and now says he is eagerly anticipating a trip to the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
The firework, meanwhile, represented a "very irresponsible" stunt that he was less aware of because of his state of consciousness at the time.
Top bloke!👏👏👍😎 Wish he'd taken the penalties as well!... he'd have given it a bloody good go! 😉 Would have been the perfect end to his day & resulted in an immediate knighthood from a grateful nation! 😉— Andy (@andyosb) July 15, 2021
“After 18 months of misery, I thought it would bring the England fans together," he said of his eventful day.
“It was the biggest day in English football for 55 years. There were thousands of fans in Leicester Square, the atmosphere was amazing.
“Everyone was fooling around and there was a bit of a competition to do stuff, so I just thought I’d put the flare up my bum.
He will most probably be a ‘celebrity ’ on love island 2022 🙄.— Cheryl Morgan (@chezzamorg) July 15, 2021
🤔 And yet the media are calling for Gareth Southgate to be give a knighthood.. 🤣— Kenny Boyce (@boyce_kenny) July 15, 2021
"It was the biggest day of my life apart from Chelsea versus Man City in the Champions League [final].
“The flare burnt for about ten seconds or so around the cheeks. I didn’t feel a thing because I was highly intoxicated. No-one dared me to do it.
"I’m not saying sorry. My mates and I had one of the best six weeks of our lives."Also on rt.com UEFA opens investigation into England supporters after Wembley crowd violence mars Euro 2020 final