A FOOTBALL fan has created a Euro 2016 fanzone, complete with big screen, branded alcohol and police presence, in his own front room.
Stephen Malley of Stoke-on-Trent has recreated the atmosphere of the fanzones around France by charging himself an inflated price for lager, moving his television so it can only be seen from an awkward angle, and urinating behind the sofa.
He said: “If you can’t get a ticket, this is the next best thing to not having a ticket but inexplicably going to France anyway.
“I’ve erected a temporary steel fence to stop me getting out and my brother-in-law’s dressed in a gendarme outfit and occasionally charges in to give me a few blows around the head with his baton.
“It’s incredible to sit here, sweating in my replica shirt, a sea of empty cans and discarded, half-eaten baguettes around my feet, knowing I’m getting exactly the same experience as the fans hundreds of miles away.
“Though there is always something a little bit sad about a solo riot.”