Northern Ireland fans waste emergency services' time by calling 999 to report that Will Grigg is on fire

3 years ago

The beer-drinking fans were filmed as they put in the ill-advised call following their side’s 2-0 win over Ukraine at the Euros

Northern Ireland fans were filmed ringing 999 to report that Will Grigg is on fire during the celebrations of their Euro 2016 win.

A group of beer-drinking supporters made the call to emergency services as part of a ill-advised joke relating to the popular terrace chant in the name of the Wigan Athletic striker.

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The mates gather around a phone on loudspeaker before asking for the fire services.

When asked what was on fire, they said: “Will Grigg.”

The phone operator then replied: “Will Grigg’s on fire,” prompting a loud cheer from the Norn Iron fans who immediately started singing the song.


Fans of Northern Ireland have adopted the song for the striker, which has been sang by Wigan fans throughout the end of their League One title-winning campaign.

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Grigg has played no part in the Green and White Army’s two games at Euro 2016 so far, but supporters continued to chant his name from their seats.

In Thursday’s clash in Lyon, Michael O’Neill’s men gave themselves hopes of qualification from the group stages by defeating Ukraine 2-0 – their first-ever win at the European Championships.



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