American football fans assembled in their thousands at Wembley stadium this afternoon to catch the last of the year’s London NFL season between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Washington Redskins.
[email protected] & @paulpogba in the house for #WASvsCIN! ðâ½ï¸#NFLUK ð¬ð§ pic.twitter.com/ZfbsEhMBe7
— NFL (@NFL) October 30, 2016
Among the recognisable faces in the crowd were none other than one of the world’s most expensive soccer players, Paul Pogba, and his French compatriot and one-time Arsenal great, Thierry Henry.
But when Henry stepped up to the plate to give an interview, he was reportedly booed so much many couldn’t hear what he said.
Half time in last #NFL game in London this season. Guess Thierry Henry was a little surprised by the reaction he got.
— Rob Halden-Pratt (@RobHP) October 30, 2016
The 39-year-old retired player, who remains the record goalscorer for both Arsenal and the French national team, has been a long-time fan of American sport, and played major league soccer for the New York Red Bulls at the close of his 18-year career.
Unfortunately, many of his fellow NFL supporters seemed less than impressed.
Just heard that Thierry Henry used to play for the New York Giants from some Americans behind us at the NFL ð¤ @jackalastair
— Guiza-Melay VI (@guizamelay) October 30, 2016
Whether they knew who he was or not, what Henry actually said remained a mystery for many, who apparently were unable to hear him among all that bellowing.
Thierry Henry comes onto the screen and most of Wembley boo. Well done, London ð #WhoDeyInTheUK #NFL
— Frosty (@_TheFrost) October 30, 2016
Thierry Henry got boo'd throughout the ho stadium #NFL
— Daniel (@Procrastinatus) October 30, 2016
Boos ringing out around Wembley for Thierry Henry. I'm a Pompey fan, just like Thierry, so I love the guy. #NFL #nfluk
— Mark H (@neonbubble) October 30, 2016
But if that was bad enough, poor old Pogba didn’t get away without any criticism either, with some questioning his choice of fashion.
Proof that Paul Pogba is a Sith Lord…#CINvsWSH #NFL #nfluk #manutd #ESPNFC pic.twitter.com/qeQVdpWwt1
— Carlos Lopez (@Losdiaz86) October 30, 2016
That’s a bit strong, isn’t it?
Hopefully it didn’t ruin an afternoon of action-packed football for them. It is the last NFL UK game of the season after all.