World Cup 2014: Three England fans manage to talk their way past 20 armed guards to meet Roy Hodgson and his England squad by pretending they needed the toilet
Breach of security comes just two days after England arrived in Rio de Janeiro
Tuesday 10 June 2014
England have been in Brazil for two days and have already had their security breached by three adventurous fans who informed the guards protecting Roy Hodgson and his squad that they needed the toilet.
The three England fans – Andy Richardson, 22, Alex Hill, 20, and Josh Pearce, 19 – managed to gain entry into the Royal Tulip Hotel where England’s World Cup squad is residing during their stay in Rio de Janeiro after talking their way past 20 armed guards.
Not only did they see the players in the hotel, they were able to take selfies with the likes of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard as well as enjoy a few beers in the process.
The trio ended up posing for pictures with both Gerrard and Lampard, while Daniel Sturridge, Jack Wilshere, Joe Hart, Leighton Baines, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling, Fraser Forster and Ben Foster all stopped by for a quick snap.
They even managed to catch an unaware Hodgson for a picture as the Three Lions manager took a few seconds out of planning his World Cup assault to take a picture.
They also revealed they enjoyed six beers and a club sandwich, before calmly strolling out the front door.
Having blagged their way past the armed guards, the three weaved their way past a number of FA officials, hotel staff and security guards in order to meet their heroes that are tasked with ending 48 years of hurt at this summer’s World Cup.
Andy was reported to have said on Tuesday: “I found out the England squad had just arrived in Rio so got out of bed and tried finding where they were.
“We found out it was called Royal Tulip. The taxi driver first took us to the Royal Rio Hotel and that was not it.
Armed security leave the Royal Tulip Hotel where England are staying in Rio de Janeiro “Then another hotel called Golden Tulip and again they said no and then suddenly he took us on a 25-minute drive to where they were staying.
“We got out and there was armed police everywhere so we sun bathed on the beach for three hours. Then we thought ‘f*** it’ we are going in.
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“There were 20 armed police and I hopped towards them saying I needed the toilet.
“They fell for the trick and suddenly we were in. Roy Hodgson was there so we started off getting a photo with him.
“Within the next three or four hours we got pictures with most the squad. We ended up having six beers and a club sandwich as we did it.
“We walked out the hotel and the Brazilian kids started shouting and running.
“They must have thought I was famous. Suddenly I had them wanting me too sign and have photos with them. What a day.”
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Alex added: “It was pretty mad to come out to Brazil and actually meet the England team. We couldn’t quite believe it when we got past the guards.
“It was all a bit of fun but makes you think about how seriously the authorities are taking security when three lads on a jolly from England can meet the players by blagging the guards.”
The FA has previously stated that they have no concerns about the Royal Tulip Hotel, although a large amount of food was removed after it was found to be out-of-date.
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