Manchester City were the subject of ridicule after their players wore shirts emblazoned with their team mate, Ilkay Gündogan’s name.
Ilkay Gündogan has been trolled on encyclopedia website, Wikipedia after his team mates donned shirts with his name on before the Premier League clash with Arsenal.
Social media users mocked the gesture, with many joking that the move suggests Gündogan is dead.
One internet user went a step further and altered the players Wikipedia entry, suggesting he had in fact passed away.
Twitter account FootballTOPComments discovered the alteration and posted it under the Manchester City midfielders tweet. Ilkay thanks team mates for their support and reassures everybody that he is in fact, alive.
FootballTOPComments replied: “No mate you’re dead” and added a screenshot of the changed wikipedia entry.
— FootballTOPComments (@FootyTopComment) December 18, 2016
Ilkay Gündogan suffered a cruciate knee injury in December, ruling him out for up to a year. The German international is a popular figure at the Etihad, with fans and players thinking highly of the midfielder.
The changed wikipedia entry read: “On 14th December 2016, Gündogan sadly passed away due to a knee injury during a match at home to Watford. Hi teammates wore shirts dedicated to him in the next fixture as a sign of respect”.
The Wikipedia entry has since been changed back, removing the comical dig.
Manchester City paid tribute to the players contribution this season by sending out the entire starting XI, wearing shirts with ‘Gündogan 8’ on the front.
Social media ridiculed the idea, with users taking to twitter to post their thoughts and jokes.
Social Media reacts:
City team wearing Gundogan shirts is ridiculous. Man's injured, not dead.
— rhiannon ✧ (@RhiannonKlaczok) December 18, 2016
To be fair is probably the best way to remember Gundogan now he's dead
— Barney Ronay (@barneyronay) December 18, 2016
Wonder if they'll include Gundogan in the dead person montage
— GeorgeWeahsCousin (@WeahsCousin) December 18, 2016
After the game, which Manchester City won 2-1, one Arsenal fan referenced the incident in their view of the match officials. Both Manchester City goals were subject to being offside, but these protests were waved away.
WAS THE LINESMAN DEAD LIKE GUNDOGAN?
— Rhaegar Targaryen (@Yasmin_Gooner) December 18, 2016
Here’s the screenshot