Rishi Sunak becomes another politician to score own goal with football gaffe

Rishi Sunak: his football gaffe should lead to questions about whether his honesty can be trusted.

This fascination with football for politicians with no interest in the game is perplexing.

Remember when David Cameron said he was a West Ham fan when in fact he is on record as supporting Aston Villa?

Now Rishi Sunak has added his name to the politicians’ football hall of shame:

Rishi Sunak found the back of his own net with a footballing gaffe, wrongly looking forward to his team [Southampton] playing Manchester United this weekend – when they are in fact facing Leicester City.

Having branded himself an ‘underdog’ in the Tory leadership race, the former chancellor was asked at the Manchester hustings how as a Saints fan how he would get back to winning ways.

‘I’m going to be unpopular for saying it here, starting by beating United this weekend,’ he said.

Southampton, the city of Mr Sunak’s birth, are not due to play Manchester United until August 27.

The blunder came only a day after it was pointed out that his choice of McDonald’s breakfast was taken off the menu more than two years ago.

We know why they do it – they want to make it seem that they are familiar with the things the ordinary people do.

But so many of them fall foul of the facts that one has to ask what there is to be gained by it.

And it leads to more embarrassing questions about whether our MPs even know how to be honest.

Source: Rishi Sunak scores another own goal with football gaffe

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