Many Everton fans have been left fuming after noticing a clue that Matt Hancock supports their club.
The health secretary appeared on BBC Breakfast on Monday, February 15, where he revealed that a third of social care staff have not had the Covid-19 vaccine despite them being among the groups prioritised.
But sharp-eyed viewers were quick to spot a number of football memorabilia items in the background while Mr Hancock was being interviewed.
@Scousehawkeye tweeted a screenshot of Matt Hancock on BBC Breakfast, with what appears to be an Everton Football Club badge on a bookshelf in the background.
The screenshot was posted with the caption: "What’s this then?"
One person replied: "Is that an Everton badge? In a Tory mp’s house? #trueblue"
Another account scared the screenshot with the caption: "Surely Matt Hancock hasn’t got an Everton book in his house."
The news is the latest blow to Evertonians following their shock 2-0 defeat at home to relegation-threatened Fulham, the first time the southwest London side have won at Goodison Park in their history.
But despite the item spotted in the background of his home, Mr Hancock is actually believed to be a Newcastle United supporter.
During a trip to County Durham in September last year, the health secretary explained: "I’m a Newcastle fan because my uncle Dave is a Geordie and when I was growing up in Chester, he used to take me every Christmas to the Man U vs Newcastle game.
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"That was in the era of Kevin Keegan, Alan Shearer, and the heady days when we got almost to the top of the table.
"It has its ups and downs being a Newcastle fan but it all stems from uncle Dave."
Last June, Mr Hancock suffered a TV blunder live on air as he referred to the hero of the hour Marcus Rashford as "Daniel Rashford".
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The Manchester United star successfully campaigned for free school meals to be made available for kids over the summer holidays when Hancock appeared on Sky News to discuss the matter, but embarrassingly got the 22-year-old's name wrong.
"Well, I’ve seen what happened. The Prime Minister talked to Daniel Rashford. He considered it and made his decision," said Hancock, not realising his mistake. "I think it's terrific."
Luckily for Hancock, Rashford saw the funny side and replied: "I’ve been called much worse over the last couple of days."
However, not everyone was as forgiving with Hancock deemed a public enemy having previously called out footballers back at the start of the coronavirus pandemic for not doing their bit.
Gary Neville tweeted: "We all get names wrong but not that one this morning!"
While Match of the Day host Gary Lineker tweeted: "Good to see @MattHancock finally giving credit to footballers and Daniel Rashford in particular."
In a bid to encourage more social care staff to have the jab, Mr Hancock told BBC Breakfast on Monday: "It is the right thing to do. It is very important that you come forward and take up this vaccine. It's important for you, it's important for your patients and of course, it's important for the whole of society."
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