England fan caught on TV snorting substance sparks police appeal

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Information is being sought by police after an England supporter was caught on TV snorting a substance as he celebrated the Three Lions’ late Euro 2024 win.

The footage of the bearded fan at an open-air event in Newcastle upon Tyne, which screened the match that saw England come from behind to beat Slovakia 2-1, is being investigated by the Northumbria force.

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Surrounded by jubilant, dancing crowds in the city’s Times Square, the man dressed in black can be seen in the clip, shared on social media, spooning a substance up one nostril as he holds closed the other.

A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: “We have been made aware of footage circulating on social media of a male appearing to take a substance while in Newcastle’s Times Square (on Sunday) evening.”

They added that enquiries were ongoing and asked anyone with information to contact them.

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England had faced a humiliating exit from the tournament in Germany before a last-minute comeback saw them squeak past Slovakia and into a fourth successive major quarter-final under Gareth Southgate.

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Jude Bellingham came to the rescue with a 95th-minute overhead kick before Harry Kane sealed a 2-1 extra-time win.

The national side, who have faced criticism over their lacklustre performance, will next face Switzerland on Saturday.

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