VIDEO: Expert Sussex paper plane folder reveals he struck Peruvian footballer

England's Danny Welbeck with on the  Wembley Pitch

England's Danny Welbeck with on the Wembley Pitch

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An England fan has told how he struck an international footballer with a paper plane 100 yards away on the Wembley pitch.

Blair Valentine, from Horsham, sent a huge section of the 80,000-strong crowd into a frenzy when he threw a paper plane from high up in the stadium and struck a Peruvian player in their match against England.

And the 22-year-old has vowed never to throw a plastic aeroplane again after it hit defender Hansell Riojas during the international friendly on Friday night.

He said: “I don’t really remember actually throwing it as such, but I can remember seeing it sailing through the air.

“It took a kick just as it got down towards the pitch to help it go that bit further and then it almost took a right-hand turn before hitting the guy square in the side of the head – it was perfect.

“The noise was incredible, some were saying it was louder than when England scored, which is nuts because I went crazy when Daniel Sturridge scored – it was a screamer.”

The video of Blair’s wonder shot has gone viral on YouTube, as yesterday afternoon it neared 3 million views.

Blair constructed the plane from a folded up “noisemaker” given out to fans to clap against their hands during the game.

He added: “I’m not a paper plane enthusiast or anything like that, I just used to do them at school like everybody else.

“I saw that everyone else was throwing them, it was about 80 minutes into the game and I had a spare laminated ‘noisemaker’, so I made one.

“It took me about a minute to make and then there was a countdown so I threw it the same time as everyone else, I had no idea anybody was filming me.

“The first I knew about it was when someone tapped my cousin on the shoulder to say that a woman had captured it all on video.

“She took my name and by the time I first saw the video on Saturday morning it already had a couple of hundred thousand views.

“I’m a huge England fan, despite all the pain, and me and my mates hadn’t been to Wembley together so even if I hadn’t have thrown the plane I would have still had a great day.

“But it did make for a brilliant night.”

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7:18am Tue 3 Jun 14

tykemison says...

Surely this will mean a lifetime ban from all football grounds and being charged with assault with a deadly weapon!
Surely this will mean a lifetime ban from all football grounds and being charged with assault with a deadly weapon! tykemison
  • Score: 4

9:17am Tue 3 Jun 14

scuba1 says...

And this is news is it ?
And this is news is it ? scuba1
  • Score: 0

9:32am Tue 3 Jun 14

Brighton Mag says...

I was at Wembley and could not believe what was happening throughout the game.
Firstly, let's be clear - these were not "paper" planes.
These "noisemakers" are made of heavy plastic. We were fairly close to the front and many of the planes landed near us. Some hit other spectators and it looked like they really hurt.
Thank goodness none that we saw hit anyone in the face or eye.
A "bit of a laugh" for someone could have meant a hospital trip for someone else.
What is unbelievable is that the stewards were just watching all this happen and did nothing. I'm sure that if I had lobbed a toilet roll onto the pitch I would have been thrown out without ceremony.
It seems incredible to me that, having paid so much money for their tickets, people - like the couple of young men near us - seemed to spend more time following the trajectories of these missiles and screaming inanely, than actually watching the match.
I was at Wembley and could not believe what was happening throughout the game. Firstly, let's be clear - these were not "paper" planes. These "noisemakers" are made of heavy plastic. We were fairly close to the front and many of the planes landed near us. Some hit other spectators and it looked like they really hurt. Thank goodness none that we saw hit anyone in the face or eye. A "bit of a laugh" for someone could have meant a hospital trip for someone else. What is unbelievable is that the stewards were just watching all this happen and did nothing. I'm sure that if I had lobbed a toilet roll onto the pitch I would have been thrown out without ceremony. It seems incredible to me that, having paid so much money for their tickets, people - like the couple of young men near us - seemed to spend more time following the trajectories of these missiles and screaming inanely, than actually watching the match. Brighton Mag
  • Score: 8

12:52pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Hove Actually says...

Expert Paper Plane maker?
really have we come so low that this could be upon a CV, hopefully not
Expert Paper Plane maker? really have we come so low that this could be upon a CV, hopefully not Hove Actually
  • Score: 1

12:54pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Asleep in Dorset says...

oh come on now......I didn't even watch the match, wasn't anywhere near Wembley, but could quite easily said I threw it.......
oh come on now......I didn't even watch the match, wasn't anywhere near Wembley, but could quite easily said I threw it....... Asleep in Dorset
  • Score: 1

1:48pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Quiterie says...

The ridiculous thing is that if you have a bottle of water as you enter Wembley they take the lid off you (in case you use it as a weapon).

This is crazy for two reasons.... firstly it's pretty hard to use a bottle top as a weapon and secondly if you did want to use it as a weapon you could just put one in your pocket.

I suspect it is more about trying to get you to buy drinks in the stadium at the obscene prices they charge.
The ridiculous thing is that if you have a bottle of water as you enter Wembley they take the lid off you (in case you use it as a weapon). This is crazy for two reasons.... firstly it's pretty hard to use a bottle top as a weapon and secondly if you did want to use it as a weapon you could just put one in your pocket. I suspect it is more about trying to get you to buy drinks in the stadium at the obscene prices they charge. Quiterie
  • Score: 1

1:49pm Tue 3 Jun 14

skylight says...

It is a missile.....and missile throwing is strictly forbidden , for obvious reasons. I would expect the F A to give a life ban to this mindless idiot and Middx POlice to take some action
It is a missile.....and missile throwing is strictly forbidden , for obvious reasons. I would expect the F A to give a life ban to this mindless idiot and Middx POlice to take some action skylight
  • Score: 0

2:14pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Dingbat99 says...

skylight wrote:
It is a missile.....and missile throwing is strictly forbidden , for obvious reasons. I would expect the F A to give a life ban to this mindless idiot and Middx POlice to take some action
Correct. Throwing anything onto the pitch is a criminal offence.
[quote][p][bold]skylight[/bold] wrote: It is a missile.....and missile throwing is strictly forbidden , for obvious reasons. I would expect the F A to give a life ban to this mindless idiot and Middx POlice to take some action[/p][/quote]Correct. Throwing anything onto the pitch is a criminal offence. Dingbat99
  • Score: 0

2:42pm Tue 3 Jun 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

" “I don’t really remember actually throwing it "

AND

" then there was a countdown so I threw it the same time as everyone else"

So he doesn't remember throwing it, but he does remember it happened at the same time that everyone else was throwing theirs.

*facepalm*
" “I don’t really remember actually throwing it " AND " then there was a countdown so I threw it the same time as everyone else" So he doesn't remember throwing it, but he does remember it happened at the same time that everyone else was throwing theirs. *facepalm* ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 1

8:41pm Tue 3 Jun 14

FatherTed11 says...

So has he been arrested or what?
So has he been arrested or what? FatherTed11
  • Score: 2

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