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Fans split as Sidemen star Tobi Brown is snubbed from squad against Accrington Stanley and denied pro debut

FANS have been left split after Sidemen star Tobi Brown was denied the opportunity to make his pro debut by Crawley Town.

It comes after Tobi, also known as “TBJZL”, was given a trial by the League Two club earlier this week with a view to playing in today’s FA Cup clash against Accrington Stanley.

Tobi Brown, left, was in line to his fulfil his FA Cup dream

The YouTube star was offered the opportunity alongside his brothers Manny and Jed Brown.

Tobi and Manny combined for three of the eight goals team Sidemen scored during the Sidemen Charity Match in September, which had a peak viewing audience of 2.5million on YouTube.

Crawley announced their line up ahead of their first round clash with anticipation from many regarding the potential involvement of the Sidemen star.

But with none of the trio given a trial even making the subs bench, fans were left split on the call.

One user said: “Where’s Tobi?”

A second user declared: “No Tobi no party,” while a third added: “Brooooo where Tobi Manny and Jed?”

Another user said: “WHERES TOBI!!! NOT APPY WITH THIS!”

On the other hand, one user said: “No YouTubers in sight,” followed by a trio of party emojis.


A second user said: “Yes no youtubers. Get in 😀😀 come on you reds.”

In an interview following the trial, Tobi admitted he would be unlikely to feature in the game even ahead of his brothers and praised his new-found team-mates’ quality and for making them feel welcome.

He said: “(They have) much quicker pace. Much sharper as well than us, but that’s to be expected when you train everyday.

“The fitness was a big factor as well because I was blowing, I was breathing heavy. You know I haven’t played football in two-and-a-half months.

“These lot (his brothers) were a bit more fit than me because they play a bit more regularly but the level of fitness these boys have and the professionalism they show is crazy.

“And the best thing about it is they made us feel at home as well… lovely bunch of guys honestly, I can’t speak higher of them.”

The Sidemen group is made up of seven members and is Europe’s largest YouTube collective, with the largest member KSI a pioneer for the rise of YouTube boxing.

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