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Louis Tomlinson's Doncaster Rovers Takeover Bid Falls Through

17/07/2014 16:55 BST | Updated 18/07/2014 10:59 BST
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One Direction's Louis Tomlinson arrives at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster where he is making his debut for the reserves.

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson said he was "absolutely gutted" that his bid to buy the Doncaster Rovers football club fell through due to a failure to raise enough money for the takeover.

Tomlinson, best known as one fifth of One Direction, the boyband which has taken the world by storm, spoke out on Twitter after a failure to raise the required £2 million through crowd-funding meant that he and his business partner, John Ryan, had not passed the "fit and proper person test".

"I am desperate for the club to be given the recognition it deserves :(", he wrote. "I was explicitly told that the deal to buy the club was not dependent on the money raised by Crowdfunding . Unfortunately I was misled."

Tomlinson remained upbeat, insisting that his passion for the football club "remains as strong as ever", adding: "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! #roverstillidie"

Tomlinson had hoped to buy out his favourite football team following their relegation from the Championship League in May, raising enough money through their crowd-funding initiative to support the takeover. The duo had exchanged contracts last month.

The deal, once ratified, would have allowed manager Paul Dickov to start signing players, when he has not made a single singing this summer.

Louis Tomlinson plays for Doncaster Rovers

Ryan previously said that he thought the pair could "take the club to new heights".

Tomlinson, a lifelong Doncaster Rovers fan who even used to work at the team’s stadium as a waiter before finding fame on ‘The X Factor’, joined the Doncaster Reserves team last year on non-contract terms, managing to draw in 2000 fans with his first match as part of the team.