Football Fan Refuses To Eat Birthday Cake Because Of Rude Sticker

Talk about having your cake and... well, not eating it. A 77-year-old man is refusing to eat a birthday cake bought for him by his daughter-in-law after they discovered a rude sticker on the side of the box.

Debbie bought the Liverpool FC-themed cake from the Arrowe Park branch of ASDA, in Birkenhead, for her father-in-law Tony, but somehow failed to notice that something had been stuck to the side of the box - a sticker bearing the name of LFC's local rivals Everton, which also reads 'Kopites are gobshites'. We say 'somehow failed to notice' because it's a pretty big sticker, but sometimes you do miss things when they're staring you in the face.

Tony, who is a huge Liverpool fan, is now refusing to eat the cake out of loyalty to his team. Which we kind of understand, although maybe not eating it is simply what the person responsible wants - presumably they're an Everton fan.

Credit: Liverpool Echo
Credit: Liverpool Echo

"My father-in-law was delighted with the cake until he discovered that someone had stuck an offensive sticker on the side," Debbie told the Liverpool Echo. "I am upset and embarrassed that I gave this to him. It is a disgrace it was sold like this!"

Debbie has described her father-in-law as a real gentleman, saying he he 'took great offence' at the sticker.

"It's still in the box," she said. "He won't open it out of his loyalty to LFC."

After a complaint was made to ASDA, the customer service team apologised for the incident and said they have emailed the manager of the Arrowe Park store where the cake was bought to investigate further.

We're intrigued to discover whether it was a disgruntled employee or just some random bloke in the store who was on his own mission to spread his disdain for another football team.

Credit: Liverpool Echo
Credit: Liverpool Echo

There is, of course, a long-running rivalry between Liverpool and Everton fans. The two teams most recently face each other in the FA Cup third round, which Liverpool won 2-1. So at least that must have made Tony a little bit happy.

And while it sounds like Tony is too polite to make up his own anti-Everton stickers, we wonder if this is going to be the start of a dangerous sticker war. Only time will tell.

Featured Image Credit: Liverpool Echo

Mischa Pearlman

Mischa is a freelance journalist usually based in either New York or London. He has written for Kerrang!, Record Collector, NME, the New York Observer and FLOOD magazine, among others. Contact him at [email protected]

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