Liam joke has Glens fans kicking up a stink on Twitter
Glentoran Football Club suffered a backlash from angry supporters over an "embarrassing" tweet as news of last night's One Direction cancellation spread.
Attempting to make light of both the show's last-minute axing and their own managerial vacancy, the east Belfast club - who were earlier in the day understood to have been knocked back by Harland & Wolff Welders boss Gary Smyth - tweeted: "We would like to take this opportunity to advise fans that Liam Payne this evening turned down the opportunity to take on role of manager."
Some supporters did not see the funny side, however, and the Danske Bank Premiership outfit's social media feed was met with a stream of rebukes.
Glens fan Colin Burns asked "is somebody on the drink and in charge of the Twitter account?", while Adam Childs blasted "38 years ago @Glentoran played @juventusfcen in Europe but now we are making jokes about Liam Payne becoming our manager, SACK THE USER".
Gareth McCarter, who supports Glenavon, replied "what a disrespectful tweet. Joke of a club." with David Quinn saying simply "this is embarrassing".
It wasn't long before Glentoran deleted their original declaration before offering "Apologies to anyone who was offended".