Gary Lineker appeals to FA to help England fan get tickets to Euro 2020 final

Gary Lineker appeals to FA to help England fan get tickets to Euro 2020 final
Gary Lineker appeals to FA to help England fan get tickets to Euro 2020 final

Gary Lineker has today appealed to the FA to find tickets to the Euro 2020 final for a selfless fan who gave up his seat at Wembley so he could donate stem cells.

Sam Astley, 24, passed up the chance of a lifetime after he signed up to the Anthony Nolan stem cell register.

Mr Astley, from Sedgley in Dudley, West Midlands, was told he was a match a few weeks ago, but his girlfriend then won a competition for two tickets to the England v Denmark semi final.

So he gallantly gave up his place to visit a private clinic in London so he could donate stem cells and bone marrow, and said: 'No football game beats saving someone's life.' 

His critical care nurse girlfriend Beth Hill, 25, was also unable to go to the match because she was self-isolating so the pair donated their prize, which included a stay at The Dorchester hotel and £500 spending money, to relatives. 

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Now the BBC's Gary Lineker has appealed to the FA to help get them tickets to the final against Italy on Sunday, after he missed the chance to see England beat Denmark in the semi final clash.

Sam Astley, 24, passed up the chance of a lifetime of watching England romp to victory against Denmark in last night's semi-final after he signed up to the Anthony Nolan stem cell register

Sam Astley, 24, passed up the chance of a lifetime of watching England romp to victory against Denmark in last night's semi-final after he signed up to the Anthony Nolan stem cell register

Mr Astley, from Sedgley in Dudley, West Midlands, was told he was a match a few weeks ago but in a twist of fate, his girlfriend (pictured together) then won a competition for two tickets to yesterday's match at Wembley

Mr Astley, from Sedgley in Dudley, West Midlands, was told he was a match a few weeks ago but in a twist of fate, his girlfriend (pictured together) then won a competition for two tickets to yesterday's match at Wembley

Former footballer Lineker retweeted the message and said: 'Amazing. Can you help @FA @England?'

Former footballer Lineker retweeted the message and said: 'Amazing. Can you help @FA @England?'

Gary Lineker has joined the plight to appeal to FA for Mr Astley to get tickets to Sunday's final

Gary Lineker has joined the plight to appeal to FA for Mr Astley to get tickets to Sunday's final

A Twitter user called Gemma Peters tweeted to Lineker: 'Football fan Sam had tickets to last night's game but passed it up to donate his stem cells after he was told by @AnthonyNolan he was a match. Surely we know someone who can get him a finals ticket to say thanks?' 

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Former footballer Lineker then retweeted the message and said:

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