An 11-year-old Newcastle United mascot has been paid ten pounds for snubbing stand-in Sunderland captain John O'Shea.
Oliver Aitken’s junior football coach offered the Newcastle United fan £5 for every Sunderland player he snubbed before the Wear Tyne derby at the Stadium of Light.
As the teams prepared to take the the pitch Oliver offered the big Irishman his hand - before pulling it away and laughing.
He was caught on Sky Sports television cameras playing the prank, with Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini smiling in the background.
When asked what was going through his head at the time Oliver said: “Just that I was hoping that the camera was turned on!”
He added that he’d have liked to have teased Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole, but was disappointed the player was suspended for the game.
Oliver’s coach at Killingworth under 11s, Phil Symons said: “I didn’t think he’d have the nerve to do it.
“To do it to the captain, that’s top drawer – he’s a legend now.”
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