Death threats for soccer star after he accidentally takes out one-fifth of One Direction

This is what happens when 173 pounds of professional athlete hurtles into one fifth of a boy band:


It was a routine soccer tackle: Gabriel Agbonlahor, imposing striker for Aston Villa in the English Premier League, raced in to win the ball, cleanly taking it away but flooring his opponent in the process.

However, that opponent was actually One Direction‘s Louis Tomlinson, not another professional. The result was one badly damaged knee—and outraged hordes of One Direction fans, who sent death threats to Agbonlahor over Twitter.

It all happened for a good cause. The pair were facing off at a charity game in honor of Stiliyan Petrov, a former Celtic and Aston Villa player forced to retire due to leukaemia. Tomlinson, playing for Celtic for the day, collected the ball close to his team’s goal. Agbonlahor, who’s also an England international when he’s not playing for Villa, clattered into the back of Tomlinson’s knee as he kicked away the ball.

Tomlinson, who wore “1D” as his shirt number, dusted himself off, but limped off the field and vomited when he reached the sidelines.

Cue the ire of the One Direction fandom, many of whom promised revenge in violent, sometimes racist, tweets.

Screenshot via Imgur

Agbonlahor said he’d apologize to Tomlinson, who is scheduled to play for his hometown team in another charity game later this month if he’s fit. Meanwhile, it’s unlikely Agbonlahor saw the death threats. He doesn’t use Twitter.

H/T The Mirror | Screenshot via BT Sport/YouTube

Kris Holt

Kris Holt

Based in Montreal, Kris Holt has been writing about technology and web culture since 2010. He writes for Engadget and Tech News World, and his byline has also appeared in Paste, Salon, International Business Times, Mashable, and elsewhere.