One Direction star and Rams supporter Niall Horan dubs Derby County's lack of investment 'embarrassing'
ONE Direction star and Rams supporter Niall Horan has labelled the consortium running Derby County as "embarrassing".
The 19-year-old took to Twitter to voice his frustration at what he sees as a lack of player signings at Pride Park.
He tweeted: "Just thinkin (sic) about my beloved derby county! Fans don't deserve this anymore!
"C'mon owner finger out! You're embarassing (sic) yourself."
The outburst came after The Sun newspaper reported Horan had turned down a request from Rams chairman Andy Appleby for tickets to a One Direction concert in Detroit on July 12.
The paper reported that Horan had issued an ultimatum to Mr Appleby, saying that he would only grant the US businessman's plea for 1D tickets if he promised to bankroll the East Midlands club into the Premier League.
Horan reportedly said: "Every time I go to a game he's always like, 'Yap, yap, yap'. He said his daughter is a fan and asked me if they could go to our show in Detroit.
"I said, 'Yeah, that's not a problem' but I told him he couldn't go himself.
"I said, 'Until you buy a few players, you're not getting a ticket to our show'."
Although Horan's home town is in Ireland, he follows Derby County after his dad, Bobby, took him to watch the team when he was a child.
His outburst had a mixed reaction from readers on the Derby Telegraph's thisis derbyshire.co.uk website.
Filnzero posted: "Well done, young man. Excellent publicity highlighting the feeling of every Rams fan. We need quality to get out of this league."
In response, DCFCOK wrote: "While some of what you say is OK, Filnzero, throwing money at it doesn't always bring success. Look at our opponents last Saturday, Leicester.
"Niall should be worth a bob or two now. Why doesn't he put his money where his mouth is?"
No-one from Derby County was available for comment on Horan's outburst.
Horan will be in the East Midlands today as One Direction prepare to perform at Nottingham's Capital FM Arena tonight.
The arena is advising ticket-holders against waiting outside the venue before doors at 6.30pm.