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Doncaster Rovers/One Direction announcement delayed

Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson Liam Payne, Harry Styles from the band One Direction

Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson Liam Payne, Harry Styles from the band One Direction

Doncaster’s scheduled press conference to announce the proposed takeover of the club by Louis Tomlinson and John Ryan has been cancelled.

The club and One Direction band member Tomlinson had been hoping to make a formal announcement on Wednesday after a press conference planned for last Friday at Wembley was postponed.

A deal has yet to be concluded, it is understood, and talks are ongoing regarding issues connected with Tomlinson’s image rights.

The club made no comment on the matter, but a further statement is expected later this week.

Tomlinson is scheduled to perform with his One Direction bandmates in Sweden on Friday night as the next leg of their World Tour gets under way and both parties are hoping to conclude a deal before then.

Doncaster confirmed at the end of last month that they were in talks with Tomlinson’s representatives about a possible takeover.

The Doncaster-born singer and lifelong fan is registered as a player for Rovers and played for their reserve team in February.

He has linked up with former chairman Ryan to launch a buy-out of the club, who were relegated to Sky Bet League One last season.

 

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