Monday 20 November 2017

Watch: Moment 'drunk' fan realises his lost bag sparked bomb scare at French train station

Bomb squad searched luggage only to find an "Irish flag, jerseys and jocks"

Wayne Murray from Co Tipperary and Tony Bennett from Dublin
Wayne Murray from Co Tipperary and Tony Bennett from Dublin

Cathal McMahon and Mark McConville

This is moment an Irish fan realised his lost suitcase caused a major train station to be shut down.

Wayne Murray, from Co Tipperary, was speaking to to appeal for his lost luggage when another fan overheard the interview.

Tony Bennett, from Dublin, interrupted the chat to tell Wayne that his bag was discovered by French police abandoned in the station on Friday.

Concerned officers contacted the army bomb squad and the entire area was sealed off while a search was carried out.

Tony said: “We were sitting there sure. They opened the bag, cleared the whole area and we were all moved away. They took out Irish gear anyway.”

The realisation then dawned on Wayne who responded: “F**k! Yeah I had a load of jerseys in it.”

Wayne's friend Kenny O'Shea joked: “Forget ISIS forget the ISIS.”

Wayne Murray, later explained: “We got out of the train station, we said we'll go in for a pint, and obviously left the bag behind me. Left the bag down and forgot all about it because I was so drunk.”

The woke up on the morning of the match to realise that the bag had vanished.

Tony explained:  “Police cleared the area, typical Irish flag flew out of the bag and everybody was cleared out of the area. We were all moved and pints left the whole lot.”

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