Louis Tomlinson and John Ryan for Doncaster Rovers football club

Louis Tomlinson, footballer and member of the band One Direction, and John Ryan, businessman and previous Chairman of Doncaster Rovers, are launching a crowdfunding campaign in London on Thursday (19 June) at 3pm with Crowdfunder to support Doncaster Rovers football club.

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One Direction’s next love ballad may have a soccer twist.

Louis Tomlinson’s effort to raise enough money to buy the Doncaster Rovers team was unsuccessful, the singer shared with fans on Twitter Thursday.

“I’m absolutely gutted the Doncaster Rovers deal is not going ahead. I am desperate for the club to be given the recognition it deserves :(,” he tweeted. “I was explicitly told that the deal to buy the club was not dependent on the money raised by Crowdfunding. Unfortunately I was misled. My passion for Doncaster Rovers remains as strong as ever, and I hope that I can still be involved with the club moving forward! And to all the Doncaster Rovers fans , I will do all in my power to help the club succeed. I really do love the club !”

Tomlinson worked for the club as a hospitality waiter before hitting it big on The X Factor, according to Huffington Post. He also joined the Doncaster Reserves team last year on non-contract terms, drawing 2000 fans to his first match as part of the team.

Of course, the real story here is the response to this news. As soon as Tomlinson let on that he was just the slightest bit unhappy, his millions of fans rallied to his...defense?... and got the following hashtags trending:#LouisAppreciationDay, #LouisWeLoveYou, and #LouisTomlinson. 

It’s all about the little things (his fans will do for him). 

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