England Fan Who Climbed On Taxi Says ‘It’s Something I Do When I’m Drunk’
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The England fan filmed standing on top of a taxi following Saturday's Euro 2020 victory over Ukraine has said 'it's something I do when drunk', and claims his friends were encouraging him. You can watch what happened below:
Ashley James, 25, was seen larking about on roof of a taxi in Birmingham as he celebrated England's 4-0 over Ukraine, as crowds around him watched on.
The furious cab driver ended up getting out of the vehicle and grabbing James by the ankle, in turn sending him crashing to the ground.
Footage shows the driver getting back into the taxi and driving off, as others kick the car.
James claims his friends were 'egging' him on, insisting it was 'a bit of fun'.
While he suffered a cut to the elbow after toppling from the taxi, he said he 'can't blame' the driver for what happened, stressing he had 'no hard feelings' towards him.
James told BirminghamLive: "I honestly thought it was hilarious when I fell off the car. I had a cut on my elbow but it was worth it.
"Since then, my mates have all seen the video and think it's hilarious. It was my first time in Brum and I'll be back.
"I've done it before on a mate's car - it's just something I do when I'm drunk."
Warehouse worker James said he and his friends had been in Birmingham for the weekend when England were playing Ukraine.
After going to watch the game, they found people shouting in the streets and decided to run onto the bonnet of a taxi and up onto its roof.
James continued: "Me and my mates were visiting Birmingham for the weekend and decided to go out to watch the match.
"We ended up at the Sun on the Hill where we had a bit to drink.
"After the game everyone was chanting England songs outside and then taxis were going past.
"People started shouting 'On the car, on the car', and my mates were egging me on so, obviously me being drunk, thought it was a bit of fun.
"I ran up the bonnet of the car on to the roof.
"The taxi driver grabbed me by the ankles, but I can't blame him - there are no hard feelings."
England's next Euro 2020 match takes place tonight (Wednesday 7 July) at 8pm, where the squad will take on Denmark in a battle for the final against Italy.