11-year-old boy joins Chelsea players as they collect Europa League winners’ medals

Dirty Tackle

Much has been made of John Terry's decision to wear a full kit and personalized boots to celebrate the Europa League final in which he played no part, but the Chelsea captain wasn't the only dubious person trying to collect a medal at the Amsterdam ArenA.

Sandwiched in between Fernando Torres and David Luiz in the medal procession was 11-year-old Liverpool fan Louis Kearns, who had travelled to the game with his dad and somehow ended up shaking UEFA president Michel Platini's hand in front of millions of TV viewers. The BBC reports:.

It is understood Chelsea FC has no idea how he gained access to the team.

Louis' aunt Francesca Kearns, 28, said: "I was watching the game, but I wasn't paying much attention to it. I've then seen a blond boy walk past the screen and I said 'I'm sure that's our Louis'".

"We were just laughing about it as he seems to get himself everywhere. As Torres went up to get his medal, he was waiting behind him and we realised it was him."

Louis was away from his father for "no longer than five or ten minutes" and was in sight of him at all times.

Louis' aunt explained that the Liverpool-loving youngster was a huge fan of Fernando Torres, and seized an opportunity to slip onto the pitch to get his photo taken with the Spaniard. One thing led to another and he ended up climbing the steps behind his idol.

A UEFA spokesman said Louis was "quietly removed" when he was spotted on the ceremony tribune, which is an extremely sinister way of saying someone with a headset yanked him away when he was trying to snuggle between Lamps and Luiz...


Scroll to 1.02 in the video below to see little Louis' moment in the sun...

More soccer coverage on Yahoo! Sports:
David Beckham, a true one of a kind, retires at age 38 | Statement
Photos: David Beckham through the years
Sky Sports weighs in big time on David Beckham retirement

What to Read Next