‘You don’t choose the football club, the club chooses you’ – the saying goes.
But we wonder if there are some supporters that a football club can reject. That is certainly the view of some diehard fans towards celebrities who have become affiliated with certain Premier League teams due to their support.
That can be for a multitude of reasons, from global terrorism to holding baffling footballing opinions. So brace yourselves for what would surely be the most chaotic dinner party invite list of all time… Daily Star Sport’s seven unwanted celebrity fans.
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Piers Morgan – Arsenal
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Where to start with Piers? The former Good Morning Britain host and Britain’s Got Talent judge has certainly made his support for the Arsenal clear over the years – and for that loyalty he deserves credit.
But the issue is that the outspoken 57-year-old’s support is very much on his own terms. He infamously became embroiled in feuds with ex-Gunners stars Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey over his Twitter rants, and has most recently flip-flopped between calling for Mikel Arteta’s sacking and revelling in Arsenal’s new-found glory.
Matt Hancock – Newcastle
Disgraced former health secretary Matt Hancock is supposedly a childhood fan of the Magpies. Hancock, who resigned from the Tory cabinet in June 2021 after breaking Covid restrictions, recently claimed his support stems from his “uncle Dave” once taking him to St. James’ Park.
But the new ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ contestant did not receive the reception he would have wanted on social media, with one Newcastle fan tweeting: “This will forever be a black stain on our fan base.”
David Cameron – Aston Villa
Another Conservative politician on the list is former UK Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron claimed for a long time to be an Aston Villa fan – since watching them beat Bayern Munich in the 1982 European Cup final, in fact.
But in 2015, he made the gaffe of referring to himself as a West Ham supporter after muddling up the Premier League’s two claret and blue sides. Easy mistake to make, Dave.
James Corden – West Ham
And so we move on from a fake Hammers fan to a real one.
James Corden is a well-known West Ham supporter. The actor still makes time to watch his beloved Irons in person despite reaching the glitzy heights of presenting The Late Late Show in America.
But the former Gavin & Stacey star has recently given fans reasons to disassociate themselves, having been temporarily banned from a New York restaurant for being “extremely nasty” to staff when they got his wife’s omelette order wrong. He recently caused another uproar by ‘stealing’ a joke told by Ricky Gervais for his own show.
Osama Bin Laden – Arsenal
A club as intent on sending the right message as Arsenal will no doubt find it an embarrassment that the deceased leader of Al-Qaeda was a passionate Gooner. The notorious terrorist is said to have become enamoured with the north Londoners while studying at Oxford in the 1970s.
Bin Laden was even present in the Highbury stands as George Graham’s side enjoyed a remarkable run to the European Cup Winners’ Cup final in the 1993/94 season, before gifting his son Abdullah an Ian Wright replica shirt. Less than a decade later, he orchestrated the horrific 9/11 attacks.
Kim Jong Un – Man Utd
You read that correctly. The dictatorial leader of North Korea is a massive Red Devils fan despite being anti-western in pretty much every aspect.
Having taken power in 2011 after the death of his father, Kim Jong Un was reported by The Mirror in 2014 to have ordered state TV to broadcast their matches. Italian paper Corriere dello Sport later claimed in 2018 that the leader even vetoed the sale of North Korean prodigy Han Kwang-Song to Tottenham and Liverpool in an attempt to aid his beloved Manchester United.
Jake Paul – Liverpool
From a paranoid global leader to YouTuber Jake Paul, we’re not sure who would be more annoying to sit next to in the stands. Controversial social media star-turned-boxer Paul constantly grates with his not-so-humble brags and Twitter beefs.
His football skills are similarly frustrating, having posted a video of himself kicking a ball on Twitter before urging Liverpool to win the Champions League final earlier this year. Liverpool lost. But ‘The Problem Child’ still makes sure to wear his Mohamed Salah jersey on occasion.
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