Thousands of One Direction fans are being offered refunds today after heartthrob singer Louis Tomlinson had to pull out of his match for Doncaster Rovers.
The Bessacarr One Direction hunk was due to pull on Rovers’ red and white shirt in a reserve game against Scunthorpe United on Wednesday night - with more than 2,000 fans expected to pack the Keepmoat Stadium to cheer him on.
But yesterday the star was forced to pull out of the match, which is raising money for charity, revealing on social media site Twitter that an injury had consigned him to the sidelines.
He tweeted: “I’m really sorry I can’t play. I’m gutted.
“Unfortunately due to injury I cannot play at this week’s Doncaster Rovers match. I will still be attending the match on the bench.”
Last month, the singer suffered an injury in a charity game in Glasgow when he was involved in a collision with Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Louis was playing in a front of a 60,000 crowd at Celtic’s Parkhead Stadium in a fundraiser for the club’s former ace Stilyian Petrov when he was sent tumbling in a seemingly innocuous challenge.
He fell to the ground clutching his leg and later hobbled off the pitch, before vomiting in the full glare of television cameras and photographers covering the game.
Agbonlahor later received death threats on Twitter from angry One Direction devotees and announced he would apologise to the 1D star when the pair met up again.
The news will come as a huge disappointment to scores of the star’s young fans who had snapped up tickets for the game in aid of Dinnington’s Bluebell Wood Children’s Hopsice.
The 1D singer joined Rovers on non-contract terms earlier this year and was given the squad number 28, although it is unlikely he will feature in any first team games for Paul Dickov’s Championship squad this season.
In a series of tweets yesterday afternoon, Louis said: “I will play in another game in 2014, to be announced. Fans who have bought tickets for the match can apply for a full refund.
“Fans who do not wish to attend may also keep their ticket and exchange it for the rescheduled match, again for a reduced price of £3.”
Earlier in the day, Louis visited Rovers’ Cantley Park training ground where he posed for photographs with his ‘team-mates’ and staff.
His mum Johannah, who still lives in Doncaster, said she had spoken to Louis since he announced he was pulling out of the game.
She said: “He bruised his ribs and injured his knee in the game in Scotland. He has had some physio at Doncaster Rovers and had some fluid drained out of his knee.
“He is still going to come up for the match and sit on the bench so his fans will be able to see him.
“He’s really disappointed but he’s pleased they’ve put in some provision for people to get their money back if they don’t want to go because of the change in circumstances.”