Fan fury at One Direction's Louis Tomlinson

Singer Louis Tomlinson has won a competition to design the away shirt of his home-town football club Doncaster but the Donny fans are not happy.

Louis Tomlinson

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The Sky Bet League One club announced that "local lad" Tomlinson had won the competition after his design, an all-black shirt, was voted the best in an online public poll on their website.

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The One Direction star designed the shirt with his grandfather and, after confirmation of his win took to Twitter to celebrate.

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Fans have, however, questioned whether Tomlinson's win was a publicity stunt.

The South Yorkshire club said Tomlinson's design had won a majority 33.7 per cent of the public vote and, while acknowledging "mixed feedback" to the result, a spokesman said the voting process was fair and legal.

"The process for receiving kit designs, short-listing and the public voting for our kit design competition followed strict legal guidance to ensure that the club adhered to competition law and that all processes were fair," a spokesman said.

"We are aware that the result of the competition has attracted some mixed feedback, but we can assure our fans that the voting process for the 2016/17 shirt designs was all was fair and above board.

"The club will make no further comment at this time."

Two years ago Tomlinson made a well-publicised professional debut for Doncaster's reserve team.

More than 5,000 fans turned up to that match, consisting mainly of die-hard Directioners, with some travelling from as far as away as Michigan and Mexico to see Tomlinson in action.

The 24 year-old also played in a club "legends match" last April and, as a part of his competition prize, is set to travel to Thailand to see the kit being manufactured.

"I designed the kit with my grandad when I was home a few weeks ago," Tomlinson said in a statement from the club.

"We used to go to Belle Vue together so it has always been a family affair with us and to now have a hand in next season's away shirt is brilliant. I can't wait to see my team wearing it."


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Published 6 April 2016 at 1:13am
Source: PA Sport