Tuesday 21 February 2017

Saunders hopes for Wales Euro 2016 triumph to wipe out huge parking fee

Published 02/07/2016 | 14:21

Dean Saunders parked in the short-stay car park at Birmingham Airport
Dean Saunders parked in the short-stay car park at Birmingham Airport

Airport bosses have promised to rip up Dean Saunders's mammoth parking fee - but only if Wales win Euro 2016.

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Former Welsh striker Saunders is bracing himself for a large bill after leaving his car in the short stay area at Birmingham Airport - thinking that debutants Wales would go out of the tournament early.

However, Chris Coleman's side has confounded all expectations to reach the semi-finals following a stunning 3-1 win over Belgium.

Saunders, who is working in France as a pundit for the BBC, previously told Radio Five Live he expects his extended stay to see his parking charges rise to £1,000 by the time he gets back home.

The former Liverpool and Aston Villa player also said he is running out of clean clothes.

However, he could now be thrown a lifeline after Birmingham Airport's official Twitter account posted: "We can't get more clothes to him but if Wales win, we'll waive his parking charge!"

Should Wales fail to lift the trophy though, 75-cap Saunders also has a plan B to fall back on - thanks to a crowd-funding campaign set up by Coleman's brother-in-law Richard Jackson.

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