Middlesbrough have experienced a tough time in their long-awaited return to the top-flight, with the Premier League newcomers having just one victory from their opening eight games, leaving them narrowly above the drop zone with six points to their name.
Whilst Aitor Karanka remains a hero on Teesside following his heroics last term to guide Boro back to the promised land, some have criticised him this season – which led to a major cock-up by the Mail Online, who engaged Middlesbrough defender George Friend to a random fan.
Reported by the Middlesbrough Gazette, a story was published by the country’s leading tabloid which stated Friend’s fiancee slated the Middlesbrough boss on social media – but the problem was the Boro defender is already happily married.
Instead, the ‘sparky wag’ described by the Mail was nurse Beverley Fotheringham, a passionate supporter of the club who previously jokingly described herself as ‘the future Mrs George Friend’ on social media.
The Mail picked up on that tweet and ran a story, which has since been deleted, but not before Beverley’s friends and family spotted the mistake and had a good laugh about it all.
“I was on a night shift when someone tweeted me saying ‘you’re famous’. My colleagues and I just started howling. He’s gorgeous George and has lots of women admirers. I love George but I’m not getting married to him! I managed to print it off before they deleted it, I want to keep it because my son will think it’s hilarious!”
Friend is happily married to former Great Britain volleyball international Kerri Friend, and they have a young daughter together.