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England fan who pulled sickie to go to Wembley sacked after boss spots her on TV

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Nina Farooqi, 37, from Bradford, missed work after her friend offered her a last-minute ticket to the match on Wednesday. But the digital content producer, whose seat was right behind the goal, ended up losing her job when television cameras zoomed in on her celebrating England’s triumph.

Ms Farooqi told the Telegraph: “It’s mixed emotions: we’re through to the final, I’m still on that high, but I’ve also lost my job.”

She said she called in sick as she believed her work was unlikely to give her the day off due to being short-staffed.

Ms Farooqi, who described football as her “life”, got the train from Leeds to London Kings Cross at lunch time.

When she found out her seat was right behind the goal, Ms Farooqi shrugged off fears she could get caught in a 66,000-strong crowd.

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