An England supporting yob videoed sticking a flare up his backside and appearing to snort cocaine before entering Wembley without a ticket last night proudly boasted ‘I’m not sorry’.
Charlie Perry, 25, is said to have claimed he drunk 20 cans of cider and ‘banged a load of powder’ – slang for snorting cocaine – during a 15-hour bender on Sunday, when England took on Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
The Chelsea fan, from Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, is reported to have said he started drinking at 8.30am – 12 hours before Sunday night’s game at Wembley.
As the day progressed, the roofer was filmed appearing to snort white powder out of a bag as other England supporters in the area cheered him on.
And he was later filmed sticking a lit flare up his bottom while surrounded by fans in Leicester Square.
His day didn’t end there. He later joined thousands of ticketless fans who made a charge on Wembley.
Photographs posted on Instagram show Perry celebrating inside the stadium – which he claimed he sneaked into by paying another fan to let him squeeze through the turnstiles.
But he told the Sun he remained remorseless, saying: ‘Nah, no way. I’m not saying sorry.’
Charlie Perry, 25, claims he drunk 20 cans of cider and ‘banged a load of powder’ during a 15-hour bender on Sunday – when England took on Italy in the Euro 2020 final
The Chelsea fan, from Sunbury-on-Thames, Surrey, said he started drinking at 8.30am – almost a full 12 hours before Sunday night’s game at Wembley. Here he is pictured appearing to snort a white powder as fans cheer him on
He was filmed sticking a lit flare up his bottom while surrounded by fans in Leicester Square
Speaking about the day, he told the paper: ‘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.’
He did however have some remorse for his flare antics, telling the paper the stunt was ‘reckless’.
However he said he ‘didn’t feel a thing’ because he was ‘so intoxicated’.
Perry, who was one of the 2,500-odd fans involved in charging Wembley Stadium, told the Sun he was a veteran ‘gibber’ – someone who sneaks into football grounds.
He said he paid £100 to a supporter with a ticket so he could squeeze into the turnstile as they entered the stadium.
And in an astonishing twist, Perry, said he hopes to follow the Three Lions to Qatar – where they are due to play in the 2022 World Cup.
He told the paper: ‘See you in Qatar.’
Both the enthusiastic fans – one squatting and one being held in a handstand – were caught on camera without trousers or underwear with red flares placed in intimate areas.
The clips began circulating on social media on Sunday but people later began reflecting on the goings on in light of the England defeat.
The official account of Paddy Power was one of the first to react in a post that read: ‘All things considered, I doubt Richard Branson would have expected his billion-quid space-flight launch to be overshadowed by a guy with a flare up his a*** in central London.’
And others were quick to follow suit as one wrote: ‘I am wondering what the man who stuck the flare up his backside is thinking this morning.’
Another added: ‘If you’re disappointed this morning, just spare a thought for the guy who shoved a flare up his backside. Imagine how he’s feeling.’
And a third commented: ‘All I’m saying is. If I was going to put a flare up my backside and light it. It would be AFTER my team wins.’
Both the enthusiastic fans – one squatting and one being held in a handstand (pictured in Wembley) – were caught on camera without trousers or underwear with red flares placed in intimate areas
The clip began circulating on social media on Sunday with people later reflecting on the goings on in light of the England defeat
Many have been left wondering how the dubbed ‘flare a**e men’ are now feeling after last night’s disappointing Euros final
Perry’s candid comments come after blame game over Sunday’s Wembley crowd chaos, with the top boss of the Met Police Federation claiming that stadium officials are at fault.
Police, security staff and the FA have come under fire after thousands of fans were filmed attempting to storm the national stadium ahead of the Euro 2020 final.
But today the Met Police Federation’s chairman, Ken Marsh, attempted to push the blame on to the FA, who he said had elected to pay private security firms to police the match instead of the force.
He also hit out at the decision to allow thousands of fans to ‘float around’ outside Wembley before and during the game.
And he said stadium security had not alerted police fast enough to growing trouble before fans eventually attempted to storm the ground.
His comments come as the Met’s Commissioner Deputy Assistant Commissioner Jane Connors today firmly rejected claims that the Met’s operation had ‘failed’, saying it was one of the ‘most comprehensive’ plans in the force’s history.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s World At One, Mr Marsh said: ‘Wembley is a private premises. We do not police private premises.
A blame game has erupted tonight over Sunday’s Wembley crowd chaos, with the top boss of the Met Police Federation claiming that stadium officials are at fault for the debacle
Police, security staff and the FA have come under fire after thousands of fans were filmed attempting to storm the national stadium ahead of England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy on Sunday night
Ken Marsh’s (pictured) comments come as the Met’s Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick today firmly rejected claims that the Met’s operation had ‘failed’, saying it was one of the ‘most comprehensive’ plans in the force’s history
Football fans managed to force their way through just moments ahead of Sunday night’s final
Who is responsible for security at Wembley?
Wembley Stadium is privately owned by the Football Association – otherwise known as The FA – which holds ultimate responsibility for security arrangements inside the stadium and the land around it.
Instead of shelling out for a police presence, the FA pays to have security staff in and around the stadium. It is this security team that co-ordinates fan safety and crowd control.
However the Met Police still have responsibility for any criminality that takes place, whether that be inside or out.
And of course police do still provide presence around the stadium – as they do with all elite-level football games.
Though, contrary to popular belief, that policing is largely provided at the expense of the taxpayer, rather than the clubs.
Reports in the Sun in 2019 showed mega-rich Premier League teams were paying just a fraction of the total policing costs for their matches.
According to the figures, Tottenham Hotspur had the highest policing costs in the 2018-2019 season at nearly £1.4million – though they only contributed around £125,000 towards that total.
It comes after a court ruling in 2012, in which a judge ruled in the favour of Leeds United after they argued that the club should only pay for police inside the ground and the land it controlled.
‘We used to police within Premiership games at Wembley etc, and they had to start paying for it.
‘They didn’t want to pay the money that was required, so they brought in private security companies.
‘When you take the game that took place on Sunday, by the time we had it brought to our attention that several thousand people were trying to force their way in it was too late for us, because we were the wrong side of them and unable to repel them from doing so.
‘We had flagged this up previously because there were far too many people within the area of Wembley for an 8pm kick off. There were tens of thousands floating about, it was unprecedented numbers.
‘By the time it was brought to our attention then it was too late.’
When asked about the comments, an FA spokesperson referred MailOnline to its earlier statement, which said: ‘We will carry out a full review and investigation into events that took place before and during the Euro 2020 final at Wembley’.
According to an FA source, the organisation did pay for a small number of police inside the ground, but did not fund police outside the stadium – as is the usual procedure in elite-level sporting events.
The row come after up to 5,000 hooligans were filmed storming Wembley Stadium during Sunday’s game.
The showcase match was marred by ugly scenes of ticketless fans breaching security and forcing their way into the concourses.
They were later seen taking their spots among empty seats and corridors inside the ground.
Yesterday freelance AIPS reporter Chris Williams claimed that, having spoken to a UEFA events manager who was at Wembley on Sunday, an initial assessment is that the capacity – which was set at 60,000 – was over that by 5,000
However, that number could easily increase once a full investigation is completed.
People were still able to gain access to the stadium through broken gates and turnstiles whilst the game was still being played in extra-time too, it is also being claimed.
An initial statement on Sunday night insisted that there was just one singular incident – and added that no fans had breached security.