Someone’s going to be in trouble! Fan, 33, flies to Qatar at the last minute to watch Wales in World Cup – WITHOUT telling his girlfriend (and faces the sack if he’s not back in 48 hours)
- David ‘Dai’ Jones, 33, could not resist travelling to the hotly-anticipated game
- The father-of-two has flown to Qatar despite ultimatum from partner of 11 years
- Mr Jones, from Pontypridd, was forced to sleep at Hamad International Airport
- He then headed to a pre-match party being held by Wales supporters in Doha
A football fan took a last-minute flight to Qatar to watch Wales play England at the World Cup without telling his girlfriend – and now faces the sack if he does not return within 48 hours.
Father-of-two David ‘Dai’ Jones, 33, could not resist travelling to the hotly-anticipated game after seeing his best friends partying at the tournament from their base in Dubai.
Despite receiving an ultimatum from his partner of 11 years, Mr Jones enlisted the help of his pals to get him a ticket and visa, before boarding a plane to Doha last night.
Mr Jones, from Pontypridd in South Wales, was forced to sleep at Hamad International Airport after arriving without having booked accommodation.
David Jones (pictured) could not resist travelling to Qatar for the hotly-anticipated World Cup clash
The father-of-two pictured by the giant bucket hat installation on the Corniche in Doha after arriving in the country
After waking up at the airport, he headed to a pre-match party being held by Wales supporters at the Intercontinental the City hotel.
He said: ‘I didn’t have a ticket to come out originally because my girlfriend said I couldn’t afford it – she still thinks I can’t afford it now.
‘She said if you go that’s it, but I said if I didn’t go I’d never forgive her. I saw my friends having the time of their lives in Dubai and going to the first two matches and I just thought I have to be there.
‘It’s Wales’ first World Cup in 64 years – and that’s it. The three of us have been following Wales away for years and we’re the “three amigos”, and now the band is back together.’
Mr Jones added: ‘I did everything but gain her acceptance to go. And I thought she might get over it in time, but I never would, so I made the decision to come.
‘She rang my dad because my phone was off and he told her I’d be home in a few days.’
His friends James Lewis, 32, and Jamie Shipp, 31, helped him arrange the mammoth 24-hour journey that saw him first take an overnight coach from Cardiff to Heathrow.
Despite receiving an ultimatum from his partner of 11 years, Mr Jones enlisted the help of his pals to get him a ticket and visa
He then caught a bus to Stansted before boarding a plan to Turkey to catch a connecting flight to the Qatari capital.
Mr Jones plans to go to the head-to-head – described as the ‘Battle of Britain’ – tonight, then travel back to the airport where he will board a plane just after 4am.
But he has been told by his boss that he will be sacked if he does not return to work on Thursday.
His friend Mr Lewis, also from Pontypridd, said: ‘We came out here and then he was saying all week that he wanted to be out here with us.
‘It feels amazing to have him here, I’ve known him since we were small and we’ve always travelled to watch Wales together.’
And Mr Shipp joked: ‘He’s mad, but he’s the best. I do feel sorry for his girlfriend though.’
The three men were among hundreds of Red Wall supporters who were taking part in an impromptu singalong with Welsh folk singer Dafydd Iwan, who turned up to play a set.
Mr Iwan’s decades-old song Yma o Hyd was chosen as the Wales team’s official World Cup song.
The two home nations meet at the Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium for their final group B fixture at 7pm.
The Three Lions currently top the group and need just a point to guarantee their progress to the knockout stages, while Wales must win and hope for a favourable result between Iran and the USA.
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