A Twitter prankster managed to fool two Sunderland stars into holding up derogatory signs about their own club.
Newcastle fan Kyle Matthews got American striker Jozy Altidore and French midfielder El Hadji Ba to hold up signs saying: 'SMB' – which stands for 'Sad Mackem B*******' – an insulting jibe that some Newcastle fans use to describe their fierce rivals.
— kyle matthews (@kylematthews12) September 29, 2013
Matthews spotted both players on the street before Sunderland's game against Liverpool on Sunday and convinced them to hold up the signs before posting them on Twitter. When the players asked what the SMB stood for, Matthews told them that it was a Sunderland supporters' group.
Altidore and Ba deserve some slack as they only joined Sunderland in the summer and are sure to be still discovering the culture of the club.
Matthews, who describes himself as "an all round cool dude" on his Twitter page has got a mixed response from fans of both clubs on his page with users using adjectives as diverse as 'sad' and 'legend' to describe him and his actions.
"I'm not acting hard at all, I'm far from it. It's a laugh and that's all, lighten up," he told one disgruntled user.