Villa striker gets Twitter abuse from 1D fans after tackle on Louis Tomlinson

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson appearance for Celtic Park did not last long.
One Direction's Louis Tomlinson appearance for Celtic Park did not last long. Photo: Chris Clark/PA Wire

Aston Villa forward Gabby Agbonlahor has been the subject of angry Twitter threats from One Direction fans after his tackle on singer Louis Tomlinson during a charity match left the 21-year-old limping off the pitch and vomiting on the sideline.

Agbonlahor, who has three caps for England, said he would apologise to Tomlinson, telling reporters after the game: "It was one of those things. I'll apologise to Louis when we meet up with everybody after the game."

But that didn't stop a section of One Direction's notoriously passionate young fans tweeting death threats and abuse to the 26-year-old, 5ft 11in striker.

"The guy who done this to Louis. I will find you. And I will kill you," was one of a stream of similar messages.

Former Villa boss Martin O'Neil, who was managing Tomlinson's team, said the Doncaster-born singer recovered after the match.

"Agbonlahor smashed into him and he picked himself up and then was ill in the dressing room area, but he's not too bad now I think," he said.

"He had to rush off but I think he's fine. He doesn't know where he is, but he's fine. He was genuinely ill but he's okay now."

Louis on the pitch before the tackle.
Agbonlahor celebrates scoring for Villa during a Premier League match last season. Credit: Chris Clark/PA Wire

The game at Celtic Park in Glasgow was organised to raise money for a foundation set up by former player Stiliyan Petrov, who retired from the game after a year-long battle with leukaemia while he was at Premier League side Villa.

Ticket sales for the game received a boost when it was announced that One Direction's Louis Tomlinson was taking part.

A crowd of around 60,000 watched as a Celtic XI lost 5-3 to a Stiliyan Petrov XI. The fans rose to their feet during the match to applaud Petrov, who was a popular player in his time with Celtic.

At the end of the game he completed a lap of honour with his two children and thanked supporters for helping him deal with the "toughest time of my life".