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Campbell downplays match 'tussle'


 Alastair Campbell

Alastair Campbell

Tom Parker of The Wanted was stretchered off in a charity football tournament in Burnley

Tom Parker of The Wanted was stretchered off in a charity football tournament in Burnley


Alastair Campbell

Former Downing Street director of communications Alastair Campbell has labelled an on-the-pitch "tussle" with a boyband member as "all a bit handbags".

Unlikely opponents Campbell and The Wanted singer Tom Parker clashed following tackles swapped during a charity football match at Campbell's beloved Burnley FC.

The Soccer Six Celebrity Football Tournament match at Turf Moor between the chart-toppers and a representative home team was by all accounts a competitive affair.

At one point the referee stepped in to separate the two teams. Bolton-born Parker, 22, was later stretchered off in a separate incident during the tournament.

Both parties later took to their twitter pages to give their own reports on the match, which Campbell's team won.

Parker tweeted: "A fight with Alastair Campbell (yes the MP) and a twisted knee..again! Paiiin!"

Before the tournament he had posted: "We are winning today. And someone is getting crunched.."

Campbell, 54, posted: "Match tasty in parts" and later referred to "my so-called bust-up with singer Tom Parker" as "all a bit handbags".

He showed there was no animosity between them though as he tweeted Parker: "good to meet you. Sorry to hear of injury. Thought ours was a good competitive match."

Campbell then turned to his blog to reassure fans of the boyband that he was not the cause of the injury to Parker.

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