One Direction Member Buys English Soccer Club

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LONDON – One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson is the new co-owner of English soccer club Doncaster Rovers.

The team plays in the so-called League One, the soccer league that's two levels below the top-flight English Premier League. Financial details weren't disclosed.

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The Independent
 reported that 22-year-old Tomlinson bought the team together with former chairman John Ryan.

Tomlinson, one of the five members of boy band One Direction, is a lifelong fan of his hometown soccer club. Earlier this year, he played for its reserve team against Barnsley.

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The takeover was twice delayed because of negotiations over image rights for Tomlinson, the Independent reported.‎ They have now been resolved, the paper said, without details being disclosed.

The initial snag had related to Tomlinson's image rights, which are owned by his management team and would then be entitled to a cut of the revenue from such things as ticket sales and merchandise generated from the use of his image or name.

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Businessman Ryan, 52, worked with the team during the time of its rise over the past 15 years before stepping down in November.

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