Rachel Riley: Countdown host hits back after backlash with ‘Arsenal fan in India’ jibe

Countdown presenter Rachel Riley, 34, has sparked backlash after aiming a controversial jibe at an Indian Arsenal fan. The star was questioned by Twitter customers after she identified the place the soccer supporter was from after they argued that Manchester United followers are “plastic glory hunters”.

Man Utd supporter Rachel acquired onto the topic when she admitted she had turn into confused about right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s first title.

She wrote in view of her 664,000 Twitter followers throughout the group’s Europa League match towards Copenhagen yesterday: “For an embarrassing amount of this season I’d convinced that Wan Bissaka’s first name was Obi. Just me? #ManUtd.”

The star was then criticised for her error by the Arsenal fan, who replied: “No. Every Man Utd fan is like that. Plastic glory hunter.”

After recognizing the remark, Rachel hit again: “Says Arsenal fan in India”, alongside three crying with laughter emojis.

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The presenter’s remark prompted outrage from some social media customers, who argued that the fan’s nationality shouldn’t have been identified in her tweet.

One individual wrote: “What’s him being in India got to do with anything? You can be in a different country and still be a real fan you know that?”

Another added: “What’s so funny about this? Perhaps I’m being obtuse as you say in not recognising your right to insult someone about where they are from & what team they support. Is it just India & Arsenal you have an issue with or is it all foreign nationals who support English teams?”

A 3rd fan commented: “Nice comment from someone championing anti-hate campaigns.”


A fourth individual replied: “What’s the issue with him being from India, Rachel?”

However, some followers sided with Rachel, with one individual arguing: “This is stupid, somebody called her plastic…. if someone I knew from Manchester was a Chelsea fan he’d get called plastic and worse but everyone has a problem because she said India. Weird.”

Another commented: “Anyone considered that she’s simply pointing out the irony that an Indian Arsenal fan is having a pop at her, for supporting Utd and living in London? Everyone is so offended nowadays and constantly looking to argue.”

Rachel then defended herself towards the backlash and insisted she was making an attempt to level out the “irony” of the Twitter person’s remark.

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She hit again: “For the wilfully obtuse…

“It might be considered ironic, for someone supporting a club half way around the world, to call someone else a ‘plastic glory hunter’. End of.”

The tv persona then argued soccer followers “who go down the ‘plastic glory hunter’ route are always just jealous.”

She made the comment in response to a fellow United fan, who stated: “Wait… I’m a Man United fan from Indonesia. The game I chose to support the club in was when we were trashed 3-0 by Chelsea. 

“This was before I knew EXACTLY how big of a club Man United was. I mean, I know I’m not from Manchester but I fell in love with the club…”

The mum-of-one then replied: “That’s wonderful. I’ve met United fans in the jungles of Borneo and remote villages in Ecuador, can find common ground in football worldwide. 

“I don’t care where people are from, support who you want to. 

“People who go down the ‘plastic glory hunter’ route are always just jealous.”

Keshav Ghoshal

I am an average guy who believes hard work makes everything possible. I completed BE computer science from LPU and can’t find my destiny on that. Music and Writing are the only things which make me happy and satisfied. e-mail: keshavghoshal@trendycow.net

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