England wins World Cup match, fan mounts car, falls off – well why wouldn’t he?

Screen grab of the moment a large England fan decides that mounting the bonnet of a car in celebration of his team's first win was a good idea (YouTube)
Updated 19 June 2018
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England wins World Cup match, fan mounts car, falls off – well why wouldn’t he?

  • If you're a football fan and your team wins, you're going to celebrate
  • But we suggest that you don't do this - you might get hurt, and/or arrested

CAIRO: Goal celebrations are always a sight to behold, both on, and off the pitch – special cheers, chants and dances – every team has something they can claim as their own – but of course someone, somewhere will always go that bit too far.

When England met Tunisia on Monday evening, jubilant fans took to the streets of the British seaside city of Plymouth to celebrate after Harry Kane sealed the 2-1 win in stoppage time.

Nothing wrong with that – obviously. And as UK newspaper The Metro noted, the celebrations were  “like we had just won the World Cup.” 

But among the football fans seen taking over Union Street in Plymouth was one overexcited man who decided to ride on top of a moving car as part of his celebration. 

The man can be seen in footage climbing on top of a car, which then speeds up before braking suddenly, sending the large man tumbling onto the road.

But fear not – the footage then goes onto show him getting up and rejoining the crowds, like nothing had happened.

Maybe next time it will be easier if he just cheers. 

Now watch the video, just promise not to try this yourself

 

 


Ozil defends controversial picture with Erdogan

Updated 22 July 2018
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Ozil defends controversial picture with Erdogan

  • Ozil said he was loyal to both his Turkish and German origins
  • He insisted he did not intend to make a political statement

BERLIN: Footballer Mesut Ozil said Sunday he had no regrets about his controversial photograph with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that sparked questions about his loyalty to Germany’s national squad ahead of the World Cup.
Breaking his silence over the snapshot that caused outrage during the tournament, the Arsenal midfielder said in a statement on Twitter that he was loyal to both his Turkish and German origins and insisted he did not intend to make a political statement.
“Like many people, my ancestry traces back to more than one country. Whilst I grew up in Germany, my family background has its roots firmly based in Turkey,” he said.
“I have two hearts, one German and one Turkish.”
Ozil said he had first met Erdogan in 2010 after the president and German Chancellor Angela Merkel watched a Germany-Turkey match together.
“Since then, our paths have crossed a lot of times around the globe,” he said.
“I’m aware that the picture of us caused a huge response in the German media, and whilst some people may accuse me of lying or being deceitful, the picture we took had no political intentions.”
Ozil said despite the timing of the picture with teammate Ilkay Gundogan and Erdogan — shortly before the president won re-election in a poll endowing him with sweeping new powers — “it wasn’t about politics or elections, it was about me respecting the highest office of my family’s country.”
“My job is a football player and not a politician, and our meeting was not an endorsement of any policies,” Ozil said.
“I get that this may be hard to understand, as in most cultures the political leader cannot be thought of as being separate from the person. But in this case it is different. Whatever the outcome would’ve been in this previous election, or the election before that, I would have still taken the picture.”
Ozil, 29, came in for stinging criticism in Germany for their shock first-round defeat at the World Cup.
Team boss Oliver Bierhoff suggested after the debacle that Germany should have considered dropping Ozil after his failure to explain himself over the Erdogan picture.
Bierhoff later backtracked, saying that he “was wrong” to put Ozil under undue pressure, but the picture continued to draw scorn from fans on social media.
Germany is home to more than three million people of Turkish origin.