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Tomlinson's Rovers takeover stalls as 1D management intervene

The proposed takeover of Doncaster Rovers by One Direction's Louis Tomlinson and the club's former chairman, John Ryan, will not be going ahead today.

Louis Tomlinson Credit: Press Association

There were hopes that the deal would be concluded by this evening.

ITV Calendar understands that the current board have agreed to sell, but a last minute intervention by Louis' management team has led to what is hoped will just be a brief postponement.

Doncaster-born Louis is a lifelong Rovers fan, and played for the reserves earlier this year.

Talks "ongoing" over One Direction star's Doncaster Rovers bid

ITV Calendar understand talks are "ongoing" over a deal for One Direction's Louis Tomlinson to buy Doncaster Rovers football club.

Louis Tomlinson Credit: Press Association

The singer was first linked with a bid to buy the club at the end of May.

Doncaster born Tomlinson had previously played for Rovers in a friendly match and has close links with the club.


Doncaster Rovers confirm takeover interest after Louis Tomlinson bid speculation

Doncaster Rovers have confirmed that the club has been approached regarding a takeover.

Newspaper reports this morning suggested One Direction star Louis Tomlinson was interested in making a bid.

Louis Tomlinson linked with takeover at Doncaster Rovers Credit: Press Association

The full statement says: "Following reports in the media, the owners of Doncaster Rovers can confirm that they have been approached and dialogue has taken place with external parties about a proposed takeover.

"At this stage the club is not in a position to comment further about the level and detail of those discussions, but will do so as soon as it is legally possible.

"The owners are looking to ensure a swift resolution to the discussions to ensure that this does not impact adversely on the summer transfer activity.

"Any decision made by the current owners will focus on for what is best for Doncaster Rovers in both the short and long term."

Supporters' trust tight-lipped on takeover talk

The independent Doncaster Rovers supporters' group the Viking Supporters Co-operative have followed the club in neither confirming nor denying rumours linking One Direction star Louis Tomlinson with a bid to buy the club.

Representatives for 22-year-old Tomlinson also refused to comment.

Doncaster Rovers neither confirm nor deny Tomlinson takeover talk

Doncaster Rovers FC say they will not comment on speculation linking One Direction star Louis Tomlinson with a bid to buy the club.

Tomlinson played for Rovers reserves this season Credit: @louis_tomlinson

The Rovers fan played for the team's reserves this season and his celebrity status has helped raise the profile of the South Yorkshire Club.

Reports today linked the 22-year-old with a bid to buy the Championship club, but Rovers say they will not comment on the speculation.


Mobile battery drain concerns for fans at 1D match

Police are warning fans to have a back-up plan for contacting friends and family in case their phone runs out of battery Credit: PA

A warning has been issued to fans headed to watch a 1D charity football challenge urging them to devise a back-up plan in case their mobile phone runs out of charge.

Police in Leicester have been liaising with organisers of similar events- and said one of the major problems has been people draining their phones of battery by taking pictures and posting them online.

This means they have no way of contacting friends or family if they get separated or when arranging travel home.

Officers are advising people to write down important contact details on a piece of paper, so if their phone dies they can still call their loved ones.

One Direction stars Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson will be in the Midlands today for the Niall Horan Charity Football Challenge. They will be joined by Olly Murs, Rod Stewart, and Robbie Fowler at Leicester's King Power Stadium.

One Direction's Louis helps out band mate for charity football match

One Direction on the red carpet Credit: Ian West/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Doncaster's One Drection star Louis Thomlinson will help out his band mate Niall in a charity football match this afternoon. Niall will manage the team, which also includes Olly Murs and Rod Stewart, to raise money for Irish Autism Action and UK Heart and Minds.

Tomlinson wows crowds on the pitch for charity

He is more used to wowing the crowds on stage but One Direction's Louis Tomlinson did the same on the football pitch last night in his long-awaited debut for Doncaster Rovers.

The boyband star was a second half substitute for the reserve team match against Rotherham in front of a bumper crowd as James Webster reports:

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