Mexican football fan Javier was handed off to his friends by Yekaterinburg police, after "drinking too much" and getting lost in the city, a source said on Wednesday.
Mexican football fan Javier made the headlines after his girlfriend refused to let him travel to Russia for the World Cup and his friends brought a life-size paper cutout of him instead.
The story went viral and thousands of people appealed to the Mexican to “break free” to the tournament. Later, photos of the real Javier in the Russian cities of Voronezh and Rostov-on-Don appeared on social media.
“The Mexican fan drank a little too much alcohol and got lost. He asked police officers for help at the South Bus Station, and they delivered him to his fan friends to prevent him from getting lost again,” the source said.
The source added that any rumors of the Mexican fan being arrested for a drunken fight were wide of the mark.
“My girlfriend is not upset that I came here. We’re good. She received a lot of criticism from the public and told me ‘All right, you can go.’ She even laughed when she found out that I became famous in Russia. I am very happy now, I like Yekaterinburg very much,” Javier said as quoted by the city administration's official website.