Digital content producer, 37, LAUNCHED from job after being filmed on TV during Euro 2020 England V Denmark game
A DIGITAL content producer has been fired after her bosses spotted her celebrating Harry Kane’s winning goal in Euro 2020 overtime on television.
Nina Farooqi ended up in hot water after cameras saw her with her friend jumping and screaming after the ball hit the back of the net.
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The 37-year-old had an English flag wrapped around her and was sitting just behind the goal at Wembley for Wednesday night’s magical moment as the Three Lions beat Denmark.
But she was brought back to earth with a bump when her boss called her the next morning to fire her for going to the historic game.
Nina, of Ilkley, Bradford, had taken a patient out to go to the game with her boyfriend who had won a last minute ticket in a poll.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Nina said: “These are mixed emotions: we’re in the final, I’m still this high, but I also lost my job.
“My friend won the ticket in her professional ballot and knew I would do anything to get to the game – there was no way I was going to turn it down.
“It hasn’t happened since 1996, I vividly remember crying on my mom’s couch when Gareth Southgate missed his penalty, and the football fan in me just couldn’t do it. football is my life. ”
The huge soccer fan thought his job was unlikely to endorse his last minute day off as they were understaffed.
She was nervous after realizing their seats were right behind the goal, but figured that in a crowd of 66,000 she might get away with it.
But after checking her phone at half-time, when England scored their equalizer, she realized her cover had completely blown up.
Nina said: “We were all over the news, my face was on every TV screen in the world – I had friends from Australia and America telling me they had seen me.
“I was even on Stacey Dooley’s Instagram story. My phone exploded. The whole world had seen me partying. The rational part of me was like, ‘Oh no, is this going to come back to haunt me?’ “
Despite rushing to Yorkshire on the 6am train, Nina was told not to bother coming as the bosses in her office had spotted her.
She added: “They said they saw that I had been to the game, and I was honest about why I did. But I received no sympathy and they said that that was all.
“This is their call and the consequence of what I have done. There is a little regret, nobody wants to get fired, but then also I would have hated regret to miss something. I would do it all again. “
Farooqi is also undertaking work as a freelance photographer and video producer in men’s football and the women’s Super League.
She said her friends in the football community have fully supported her since she lost her job.
Nina said: “They were all amazing, and it will be amazing to watch the final with them on Sunday at home.”