Premier League - Did Lord Sugar's tweet spark Spurs fans’ wild, unfounded celebrations?

News that Arsenal had conceded a goal on the final day, spread by Lord Sugar on Twitter, sparked false joy at White Hart Lane.

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Premier League - Did Lord Sugar's tweet spark Spurs fans’ wild, unfounded celebrations?
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Tottenham's unfounded celebration

The only trouble, as it turned out, was that there was no goal, and Arsenal were still on their way to a 1-0 win at Newcastle.

The Gunners knew that unless their north-London rivals could achieve a better result than them at home to Sunderland, they would seal the last Champions League place.

So when Laurent Koscielny put Arsenal ahead, Spurs fans knew that only a Newcastle goal could give them any hope of salvaging a spot in the top four.

But a rumour of an equaliser on Twitter sparked huge celebrations – and Lord Sugar’s tweet was by some measure the most widely spread of the lot. In the era of social networking, rumours fly quickly, and a tweet served just the same purpose as a radio update might have done in seasons gone by.

Of course, there was no equaliser, which meant that Tottenham’s 1-0 win over Sunderland still left them just short of the Champions League places.

Lord Sugar, tweeting later on, appeared to deny the rumours, saying he had simply responded to the cheers of the crowd.

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