ITV newsreader Jonathan Swain ‘had a reality check’ after mistakenly believing he had met Jurgen Klopp at Wembley Stadium on the night of England’s Euro 2020 match against Germany.
He had proudly taken to Twitter with a selfie he had grabbed with ‘Jurgen’ telling Lorraine Kelly that he had seen the German football manager just vibing around the venue, drinking beer on the shoulders of some England supporters.
However who he had actually met was a businessman called Ray Cornwell – aka ‘Cheeky Jurgen’, who isn’t even some sort of tribute act but an ordinary dude and grandfather.
His gaffe was brought up by Good Morning Britain hosts Kate Garraway and Adil Ray on Thursday’s programme, with poor Jonathan instantly facepalming when reminded of the error as Adil roared with laughter.
‘First of all can I see your passports? I want to make sure I’m talking to the real Adil Ray and Kate Garraway,’ Jonathan started.
‘All the war zones and terrorism we’ve covered over the years and I get caught out like this, but it was a night of daring to dream but I had a real reality check on this.
— Jonathan Swain (@SwainITV) June 29, 2021
‘He was walking under the steps at Wembley Way and it’s almost like where all the VIPs go in so quite feasible to see Jurgen Klopp there. He was there in the tracksuit getting stopped for selfies, people were shouting his name.
‘A mate of mine supports Liverpool so I thought why not, have a quick selfie with Jurgen and send it him but that massively backfired because the joke was on me.’
Kate agreed that Ray ‘does look very similar’ to the football star before bringing him in to explain what his game was.
Ray explained that the mistake had happened before: ‘I get all my friends saying I look exactly like Jurgen, and then my granddaughter.
‘She’s looking at the TV, because my daughter and son-in-law love the football, Liverpool supporters, and she goes, “Why is Papi always on the TV?” so I thought if I can fool my granddaughter, maybe there’s some mileage in this thing.’
Surely there’s a new business venture on the horizon for Ray?
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.