The soccer fan who tried to distract an Italian player taking a penalty shot at the end of last week’s Euro 2012 match by pulling down his pants and displaying his nether regions to the world is more than just an ordinary beer drinking fan—he’s a millionaire business owner.
Tim O’Leary, the 35-year-old owner of a trading company who lives in a nearly $10 million home, said he was “just trying to do my bit,” London-based newspaper The Sun reported. O’Leary said flashing the player was a spur of the moment decision, and he actually had to sprint from the opposite end of the field to get in place for the shot.
O’Leary said he nearly had a heart attack during the run, which he did wearing full England gear and a bright wig.
“I ran because I knew we were going to lose and I wanted to try and put the guy off,” he told The Sun. “I did it wearing shin pads, football boots, you name it. The blisters on my feet are absolutely killing.”
Though O’Leary is married and his wife is pregnant with twins, he’s not in the doghouse at home for the stunt that gained him worldwide attention, the New York Daily News reported.
O’Leary has been a die-hard England supporter, traveling to Portugal to cheer on the team at Euro 2004 and the last two World Cups.
Unfortunately for O’Leary, his soccer stunt wasn’t enough to boost England’s chances in Euro 2012—Alessandro Diamanti looked past the small distraction, nailed the penalty kick and eliminated England from contention for the cup.