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27th Dec 2016

Everyone’s making the same joke about Sam Allardyce and Harry the Hornet

Sometimes these just write themselves.

Tom Victor

Sam Allardyce has been back in football management for less than a week and he’s already got into a dispute with a man in a giant hornet costume.

It might sound like something from ‘The Day Today’, but it’s incredibly, implausibly real.

The former England manager has said Watford mascot Harry the Hornet was “out of order” for mocking Wilfried Zaha’s dive after yesterday’s draw between Watford and Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road.

And further to the incident, the mascot has reportedly been charged by the FA.

We’ll give you a minute to let that sink in.

Watford v Crystal Palace - Premier LeagueRichard Heathcote/Getty Images

As you may recall, Allardyce was relieved of his England duties after just one game, after a Daily Telegraph investigation.

The former Sunderland boss was caught on camera making comments which led the Football Association to consider his position untenable.

He was alleged to have provided undercover reporters with advice on how to bypass the FA’s rules on third party ownership, and that was enough for him to be dismissed less than 70 days after replacing Roy Hodgson.

Now, it would be pretty awkward if a colloquial name for that kind of investigation was the same as something which hornets do to harm humans.

Fortunately we’ve had no such issues. Oh, wait.