The England fan who exposed himself in a vain bid to distract
Italy's Alessandro Diamanti as he took the decisive penalty in
Sunday's Euro 2012 quarter-final penalty shootout said on
Wednesday he had no regrets.
Tim O'Leary, a 35-year-old multi-millionaire who has a trading
company in the City of London, told the Sun he would do anything
to see England win - however Diamanti coolly slotted the penalty
home for a 4-2 win on penalties.
"I was just trying to do my bit,' he told the Sun.
"It was a spur of the moment thing. I'd do anything to see
England win, but sadly it didn't work."
O'Leary, who was standing behind the goal where the penalties
were being taken and decided to lower his trousers as Diamanti
stepped up, said he had paid for the effort physically having run
from one end of the stadium in Kiev to the other to be in the
"I ran because I knew we were going to lose and I wanted to try
and put the guy off," said O'Leary.
"I did it wearing shin pads, football boots, you name it. The
blisters on my feet are absolutely killing."
O'Leary got the stamp of approval from his wife Klara, who
watched the game on TV as she is eight months pregnant with
"She found it very, very funny."