UK soccer fans tweet US politician who shares manager's name

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Posted: Jun 03, 2016 11:43 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia politician and the manager of an English soccer team might seem impossible to confuse, except that they're both named Darrell Clarke.

Fans of the Bristol Rovers have been bombarding the president of Philadelphia's city council on Twitter for months, expressing frustration at losses and offering support for a job well done.

The Bristol Post reports the English Clarke shuns social media, but fans of the team in the third tier of English soccer needed a way to vent on Twitter. So they settled for the Philadelphia legislator.

Philadelphia's Clarke ignored the tweets until May, when he liked a fan's photo.

His spokeswoman, Jane Roh, tells The Philadelphia Inquirer he relates to the soccer manager because they both get blamed "when things go wrong." She adds that her boss is "more of a basketball guy."