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Why did John Stones congratulate Alvaro Morata and Chelsea on Instagram?

Man City defender bizarrely congratulated his rivals on social media

Manchester City defender John Stones bizarrely congratulated Chelsea and Alvaro Morata on Instagram on yesterday, all thanks to a nightmare PR blunder.

As Chelsea stormed to a 4-0 win over Stoke on Saturday afternoon, it was Stones who was one of the first to take to Instagram to celebrate.

John Stones was left red-faced after an accidental post to Instagram

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John Stones was left red-faced after an accidental post to Instagram

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The post on Stones’ Instagram page read: “Great win today and congratulations @alvaromorata on his hattrick! #CFC”

But it would appear the congratulatory post was in fact meant for Gary Cahill’s Instagram instead.

Chelsea man Gary Cahill was the intended poster of the Instagram message

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Chelsea man Gary Cahill was the intended poster of the Instagram message

Not only would it make a lot more sense for the Chelsea captain to be giving his side a gee-up, but also, both Stones and Cahill have the same public relations team.

It’s no great secret football stars often have their social media pages managed by someone else.

John Stones and Gary Cahill are represented by the same PR company

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John Stones and Gary Cahill are represented by the same PR company

After all, how often do you stumble across a sponsorship-based post from a star that begins: “Say something like…”


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Yet this will go down as one of the biggest blunders in the PR firm’s history.

Cahill and Stones are both set to be named in Gareth Southgate’s next England squad – set to be unveiled next week – and are almost certainties for the 2018 World Cup.