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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

English Poetic Justice

LONDON () -- An English soccer fan has taken revenge on Euro 96 winners Germany.

Peter Gibbons, 33, is refusing to give the Germans their ball back after Sunday's final, remembering how in 1966, year of England's last finals win, German player Helmut Haller made off with the World Cup final ball.

It was eventually tracked down earlier this year and has now been returned to English hat-trick scorer Geoff Hurst.

Gibbons smuggled the Euro 96 ball out under his shirt Sunday after it was booted into the Wembley crowd by a jubilant player as the game ended.

Gibbons told Tuesday's Sun newspaper: "I call it poetic justice."