Eamonn Holmes, 59, has built an impressive career as a broadcaster, making his on-screen debut on GMTV in 1993 and moving on to host Sky News and ITV’s This Morning. However, the star’s experience as a journalist was recently edited on his Wikipedia page to highlight a surprising previous career in sports, it has been reported.
The sudden change in Eamonn’s career history was the result of a bizarre prank carried out by internet hoaxers, who seemingly rewrote sections of his page to include his talent for football.
They claimed the Northern Irish presenter, who is married to Ruth Langsford, 59, was a gifted player when he was younger and was branded "the Irish Pele".
The edited section read: "He had a promising career, starting out at Northern Irish football team Linfield.
“He was compared to fellow countryman George Best and was once described as the Irish Pele.”
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Eamonn Holmes speaks out about online prank (Image: ITV • GETTY)
Eamonn Holmes was confused when he found out about the prank (Image: GETTY)
The comical entry informed fans Eamonn played for Linfield 21 times and scored 62 times, which seemed slightly too impressive as it would have required him to score almost three goals per match.
The page also claimed Eamonn's "predatory goal rate" while playing for the team made him a target of many Premier League teams including Liverpool and Chelsea, but their "target" had reservations about making the move.
It continued to explain that London club Brentford, nicknamed the Bees, who played in the lower divisions of English football,