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Monday 23 October 2017

1D star Louis 'gutted' as bid to buy Doncaster Rovers fails

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has said he is "absolutely gutted" that his efforts to step in to take over his beloved Doncaster Rovers have fallen through.

The heartthrob chart-topper said he still hopes to be able to help the League One side "succeed".

In a message to fans posted online, Tomlinson said he would not have benefitted financially from the club if the deal had occurred.

The singer announced last month that he was teaming up with businessman John Ryan and their takeover was expected to be formalised yesterday.

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But efforts to raise enough cash for the deal - through the Crowdfunder.co.uk website - have faltered with only £757,796 of the £2 million target raised by yesterday's deadline from 514 backers.

A statement issued by the Tomlinson Ryan Trust, established by the pair, said the failure to reach their target meant they were unable to meet the Football League's "fit and proper" test for club ownership.

In a series of posts online, Tomlinson wrote: "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.

"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."

A spokesman for the investment site said: "Crowdfunder is an all-or-nothing model. If a project doesn't reach its target, no money is taken from backers."

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