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Sunak scores own goal with football gaffe

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has scored an own goal with a footballing gaffe as he met brewery staff in south Wales on his campaign tour.

Mr Sunak asked the workers whether they were looking forward to the football later this summer as a potential source of revenue, despite Wales not qualifying for the Euro 2024 tournament.

There was an awkward pause after Mr Sunak asked: “So are you looking forward to all the football?”

One brewery employee answered: “We’re not so invested in it,” to which another responded: “That’s because you guys aren’t in it”.

Mr Sunak nonetheless insisted that “it’ll be a good summer of sport”.

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He found the back of his own net while talking about the sport before.

The self-described “massive football fan” in 2022 wrongly spoke about his team Southampton FC playing Manchester United at the weekend when they were in fact facing Leicester City.

The Tory leader was shown brewing processes at the Vale of Glamorgan Brewery in Barry with Wales Secretary David TC Davies and Vale of Glamorgan MP Alun Cairns.

He told staff they were “part of a proper industry that we’re keen to support”, mentioning a “Brexit pubs guarantee” and support with business rates.

The brewery visit was part of Mr Sunak’s whistlestop campaigning UK-wide tour a day after he announced a 4 July general election.

He earlier answered questions from workers at William West Distribution in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, and is heading up to Scotland later.

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