Ex-Health Secretary Matt Hancock has been exposed for wearing the same Newcastle United shirt he auctioned off for the NHS in 2020.
Hancock posted a TikTok cheering on Newcastle ahead of their Wembley match on Sunday, but users were quick to point out they had seen the shirt he was wearing before.
In the video, Hancock says: “So exciting. If you’ve been a Newcsatle fan, we’ve waited years for this.
“We haven’t been to Wembley for years. This is the most exciting thing since Kevin Keegan. Bring it on.”
Jonathan Liew, a sports writer for The Guardian, tweeted: “You’d think the best part of this is the fact he’s wearing a signed shirt. In fact the best part is that it appears to be the same signed shirt he promised to auction for an NHS chairty in 2020.”
Back in 2020, Hancock promised the shirt to radio DJ Chris Evans as part of an auction to raise money for charity Scrubs Glorious Scrubs which provided necessary equipment to NHS staff who were underequipped because of the pandemic.
Ant and Dec and Rod Stewart also donated items to the cause.
After the auction, Chronicle Live reported Hancock’s beloved shirt fetched a staggering total of £1,850.
If it isn’t the same shirt, the similarities are striking. With a distinctive autograph over the left breast, social media users were convinced it has to be the promised jersey.
It is not known who won the signed shirt in the auction, however a spokesperson has told LBC has denied speculation the bidder never received it.
They explained: “Matt put his signed Newcastle football shirt up for sale as part of Chris Evans’ NHS charity appeal to raise money for scrubs, but the person who bought it very kindly gave Matt’s beloved shirt back to him as a gift.”