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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. 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."

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".