Woman pulled a sickie to go to Wembley... and got sacked

A digital content producer from Bradford who pulled a sickie after being offered last minute tickets has been sacked after her bosses spotted her celebrating England's winning goal against Denmark.

Nina Farooqi was found out when cameras captured her and her friend reacting as Harry Kane fired into the decisive goal.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Nina said: "It’s mixed emotions: we’re through to the final, I’m still on that high, but I’ve also lost my job.

"My friend won the ticket in her work ballot, and knew I'd do anything to get to the game - there was no way I was going to turn it down.

"This hasn’t come around since 1996, I vividly remember crying on my mum's sofa when Gareth Southgate missed his penalty, and the football fan in me just couldn’t do it. Football is my life." 

The football fan didn't think she'd be granted the day off as the business was short staffed. 

She thought she'd get away with it but after checking her phone at half time, she realised that her cover had been blown. 

England fan Nina Farooqi (right)
England fan Nina Farooqi (right)

Nina said: "We were all over the news, my face was on every television screen across the world - I had friends from Australia and America telling me they’d seen me. 

“I was even on Stacey Dooley's Instagram story. My phone blew up. The whole world had seen me celebrating. The rational part of me thought, 'oh no, is this going to come back to haunt me?'"

Despite rushing back to Yorkshire on the early train, Nina was told not to bother coming into work.

She added: "They said they’d seen I’d been at the game, and I was honest about why I did it. But I didn’t get any sympathy at all and they said that's it. 

“That’s their call and the consequence of what I did. There is a bit of regret, no one wants to get fired, but then also I would have hated the regret of missing out. I’d do it all over again."

Charles Taylor, director at Composite Prime, said: "It’s an exciting time for everyone in England and given the opportunity, we would have encouraged attendance to such an important football match. Unfortunately on this occasion our employee lied, taking one day off sick to attend the football match on Wednesday 7 July.

"This was in breach of her employment contract and so we had no choice but to take the appropriate action. As a business we value honesty and integrity, and we don't tolerate any employee taking advantage of our policies.

"Like many businesses will be doing across the county, our staff will be having Monday morning off to hopefully recover from celebrating an England win!”