Ireland Fan Dons Tracksuit, Sits In Opponent’s Dugout And Watches Soccer Match
Rabid Ireland fan Conor Cunningham had some of the best seats in the house when his Irish squad took on Estonia during a Euro 12 playoff last week and it was all courtesy of a purloined tracksuit.
Cunningham, without a ticket for the big match and unwilling to pay the big bucks the tickets were going for, nevertheless traveled to the stadium in Tallinn, Estonia’s capital. That’s when Cunningham noticed an open door into the stadium.
Via the Daily Mail:
Cunningham said: “It was a corridor and a dead end. But I did see a bag of footballs and, when I picked them up, spotted an Estonian tracksuit underneath them.”
The 27-year-old from Ballincollig, Co Cork put the tracksuit on over his jeans and Ireland top.
He added: “I didn’t know what to do, to be honest, so I thought I’d better go into the Estonian dugout.
“No one said anything to me and then I realised I was sitting beside their manager (Tarmo Ruutli).
“It was about 10 or 15 minutes into the match when a UEFA official got suspicious of me. He came over and, after talking to me, told me I had to move.”
Quite the well-executed ruse. I cannot believe he lasted that long. How didn’t anyone on the team, let alone the head coach, for crying out loud, notice some stranger hanging out around the bench? Here’s a screen grab of him on the sidelines:
Fantastic. In the end, Cunningham was not ejected from the stadium and instead was shockingly allowed to watch the rest of the match from the stands. A match which his beloved Ireland squad won 4-0. He even tempted fate and sneaked down onto the pitch after the match, where he celebrated with the team. Talk about moxie.