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Soccer player hits One Direction member in charity soccer game, receives death threats

Louis Tomlinson, one-fifth of the boy band One Direction, did not have a very good game this weekend in a charity soccre game to honor former layer Stiliyan Petrov.
Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   Sept. 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM   |   Comments

Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Louis Tomlinson, one-fifth of boy band One Direction, participated in a charity soccer game to honor former Celtic and Aston Villa player Stiliyan Petrov this weekend.

Petrov was forced to retire after being diagnosed with leukemia.

No charity was given to Tomlinson during the game, however. Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor planted Tomlinson in the grass and forced the singer out of the game.

Once Tomlinson, who wore "1D" as his jersey number, limped off the field and vomited when he got to the sidelines.

Naturally, Agbonlahor became the target of One Direction fans after the match, receiving a flood of hateful tweets and death threats.



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.

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