Hero England fan given final seats after missing Euro semi to donate bone marrow

A hero England fan who skipped the Three Lions' Euro 2020 semi-final clash with Denmark to donate bone marrow and stem cells and save a life is now going to the final.

Sam Astley, 24, has been offered free tickets to the huge clash with Italy at Wembley on Sunday.

He was given the chance to go to the Denmark game after his girlfriend Beth Hill won two tickets in an online competition.

Sam's selfless actions quickly spread across social media, and they were praised by stars including BBC football presenter Gary Lineker.

He had signed up to the Anthony Nolan stem cell register and received a phone call telling him he was a donor match, but his life-saving procedure was scheduled for the same day as the game.

Sam was admitted to the London Clinic, a private hospital, and underwent the procedure on Thursday morning.

Beth, 25, said: "He was being admitted to hospital before his procedure.

"He was like: 'I'm not going to go (to the football), there's no way I'm going to delay the donation, this is a chance of life for someone else.'"

Now tournament sponsor Vivo has stepped in, confirming they would give tickets to Sam and Beth, of Birmingham.

The tech company said in a statement: "We saw the coverage on social media earlier today that Sam had missed the chance to attend the England Denmark game after being matched to someone in need via the Anthony Nolan stem cell register, and agreeing to make a life-saving donation to a patient with blood cancer or a blood disorder.

"As an official sponsor of Uefa Euro 2020 we wanted thank him for his selfless lifesaving donation, so have arranged for Sam and his girlfriend to attend the final England v Italy match this Sunday at Wembley as guest of Vivo.

"We hope that both of them enjoy the experience."

Beth revealed that after Sam came around after the operation he was singing 'football's coming home', the England team's anthem.

The couple watched the match together over FaceTime with Sam in his hospital bed, and Beth said called the win "bittersweet" because the "atmosphere looked amazing".

Beth gave the tickets to her football-mad mad brothers Luke, 33, and Josh, 30, who also had the chance to stay in the posh Dorchester hotel.

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