LONDON • Four high-profile Premier League players were tricked into recording a video apparently calling for Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino to step down, in the belief that they were sending a message to a dying child.
Harry Kane, the Tottenham forward, said that the hoax, carried out by an anonymous Leeds supporter and then shared widely on social media, was "disgraceful".
Dele Alli, Kane's Spurs team-mate, Mesut Oezil and Jack Wilshere, the Arsenal players, also recorded the same video clip saying "It's time to go, Massimo" after being asked to send the message to support a terminally-ill boy.
The video clips were then posted on Twitter by the @WhiteLeedsSite account and had thousands of retweets. A previous clip shows Ant and Dec, the TV presenters, saying the same phrase.
After learning that he had been misled, Kane posted a clarification saying: "It was a hoax. Disgraceful the lengths people go to get a video they can change the context of like this."
THE TIMES, LONDON