Ted Lasso producers and Chelsea owner Todd Boehly are infuriating fans after a tribute to club legend Ray Wilkins, revealed after his death in 2018, was rigged to instead feature the character Roy Kent in the new installment of the hit series celebrate
- In the latest episode of Ted Lasso, Chelsea fans paid tribute to the character Roy Kent
- But producers rigged a tribute to blues legend Ray Wilkins to celebrate Kent
- Chelsea supporters were furious at this and slammed owner Todd Boehly
Chelsea fans have blasted hit show producers Ted Lasso and Chelsea owner Todd Boehly after a tribute to club legend Ray Wilkins was rigged to celebrate character Roy Kent in his latest installment.
Ted Lasso is a sports comedy series in which Lasso – an American manager – is recruited to manage the fictional Premier League club AFC Richmond.
The latest installment, now in its third series, involves the return of Kent – modeled on former hard-hitting Man United star-turned-expert Roy Keane – to his former side Chelsea, where he is regarded as a club legend becomes.
Following Kent’s return to Stamford Bridge – with the character now assistant coach at AFC Richmond – the action pivots to a banner in the stands.
It reads, “They don’t make ’em like Roy anymore,” while supporters are heard chanting, “He’s here, he’s there, he’s everywhere, Roy Kent, Roy Kent,” while the commentator adds, “This is a beautiful moment. Chelsea fans are letting their former captain Roy Kent know how they still feel about him.
Chelsea supporters have blasted hit show producers Ted Lasso and Chelsea owner Todd Boehly after the treatment of a tribute to club legend Ray Wilkins (left), who died in 2018
The real Wilkins tribute banner has been manipulated to celebrate “Roy Kent” in the latest episode
The producers had changed “Ray” to “Roy” while retaining the rest of the tribute to the blues legend
Roy Kent (centre) is the fictional character in Ted Lasso, known as the Chelsea legend
However, it appears the producers have tampered with a banner dedicated to Chelsea club legend Ray Wilkins, who tragically died in 2018 at the age of 61 following a cardiac arrest.
The former England international made more than 200 appearances for Chelsea between 1973 and 1979, while serving as an assistant manager on a number of occasions, working with the likes of Luiz Felipe Scolari, Guus Hiddink and Carlo Ancelotti.
As manager at Stamford Bridge, he won the Premier League and three FA Cup trophies in 2009/10.
Following his death in 2018, Chelsea unveiled a banner in honor of the club legend, which still stands at home games, which read: “They don’t make ’em like Ray anymore.”
The airing of the episode – which, as noted above, has the banner reading “They Don’t Make Her Like Roy Anymore” – sparked much controversy with blues supporters, which quickly upended the club’s hierarchy and the TV show that’s on Apple TV broadcast, strike.
One said: “Now this is disgusting. Incredibly disrespectful to edit a banner from the late Ray Wilkins. Very worrying and embarrassing to think Chelsea would have sanctioned this.
Another added: “Yeah it’s not all for Chelsea and his resemblance to Ted Lasso but Ray Wilkins is a Chelsea legend who can’t even agree to his banner changing. How they thought it would go over well I’ll never know…”
Another angry supporter added: “This is absolutely disgusting to edit Ray Wilkins’ banner for a TV publicity stunt with Ted Lasso on ‘Roy’, extremely disrespectful.”
Chelsea supporters slammed the decision to change banners, calling it “disgusting”.
Blues fans also targeted the Chelsea hierarchy and Todd Boehly for allowing it to happen
Supporters also took aim at the club’s hierarchy led by Todd Boehly, and many were incredulous at how they condoned such a thing.
One said: “And the real charge is that nobody reported it. Obviously, the TV wanted to make editing as easy as possible, so they chose the one that’s just a letter away. But this is where someone who gets the club has to say, “Actually no, you can’t replace Ray Wilkins with Roy Kent.”
Another added, “I mean editing a Ray Wilkins banner was a bit out of hand.”
Another supporter said: “Ray Wilkins’ disregard for marketing is another mistake under the Boehly regime.”
Sportsmail contacted Chelsea and Apple TV for comment.
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