By Coral Barry
The protest group Time to Go, Massimo has distanced itself from the video that showed four Premier stars urging Massimo Cellino to depart Leeds.
Tottenham pair Dele Alli and Harry Kane, and Arsenal duo Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil each appeared in a clip that went viral on Wednesday night saying the words “time to go, Massimo.”
The four players are clearly heard saying the phrase that has become the mantra of the growing anti-Cellino protestors, but the group that coined the term have moved to dismiss claims they were involved after Alli and Kane insisted it was a hoax.
The protest group released a statement on their Twitter account admitting tha,t although they found the clip amusing, they could not take credit for the stunt that has proven to be a hoax.
— Time To Go, Massimo (@TimeToGoMassimo) April 21, 2016
The original video was posted to @WhitesLeedsSite late on Wednesday night.
The Tottenham duo both used their personal Twitter accounts to dismiss claims they were willing participants in the video, although they did not explain how they were tricked into saying the phrase on camera.
Before reading the below tweets, keep in mind the two would probably have consulted the same Spurs media officer.
@Nyge_79 No – it was a hoax. Disgraceful the lengths people go to get a video they can change the context of like this.
— Harry Kane (@HKane) April 21, 2016
@tonigomes8 It was a hoax. Disgusting the lengths people will go
to get a video they can change the context of.
— Dele Alli (@Dele_Alli) April 21, 2016
In other Leeds news, a key player has admitted he has noticed the atmosphere at the club could be better.