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An Irish Newspaper Has Apologised After It Mistook Stormzy For Man U Player Romelu Lukaku

The British rapper was deeply unimpressed.

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This is rapper Stormzy.

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And this is Manchester United footballer Romelu Lukaku.

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On Monday, Irish newspaper The Herald was forced to issue an apology after it used a picture of the rapper to illustrate a story about Lukaku being signed to Man U.

That awkward moment when you mistake Stormzy for Lukaku. /@graemetighe

"Hands up, we got it badly wrong," the paper's editor Alan Steenson said in a statement. "To be honest, we are totally embarrassed and want to say sorry to all involved and our readers for the error."

While many, including Stormzy himself, have previously joked about a resemblance between the rapper and the footballer, Stormzy was less than amused by The Herald's mistake. "I don't find none of this funny btw," he tweeted. "Don't wanna sound like the party pooper who missed the joke..."

I don't find none of this funny btw 🤷🏿‍♂️don't wanna sound like the party pooper who missed the joke...

The picture came from a launch of Manchester United's away kit, when Stormzy posed with David Beckham.

The Herald have mistaken Stormzy for Romelu Lukaku on their backpage.

Laura Silver is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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