Yesterday’s climax of the Premier League made for stunning entertainment as Man City were crowned champions after beating Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa to seal the title – and Rangers supporters were left in hysterics as Liverpool fans were tricked by a repeat of ‘Operation Tango‘.
With City and Liverpool facing a final day shootout, Liverpool needed to win regardless of what happened in Manchester to have any hope of the title, while hoping City dropped points against their iconic former captain’s side.
Having fallen 2-0 behind against Villa, City roared back with three goals in the space of five minutes to turn the game on its head.
Just as Mo Salah fired Liverpool into the lead over Wolves, news filtered through of a goal for Villa that drew them level with Pep Guardiola’s side, sending Liverpool top of the table with only five minutes to go.
As Anfield celebrated wildly, they quickly realised that it was all a hoax and City were still winning – and therefore still top of the table.
With Sky Sports showing the game live, commentators were quick to pick up on the false rumour, saying: ‘A cheer going around though we know not why because Manchester City, to our knowledge, are still leading by three goals to two.
‘I’m not sure if a false rumour has spread around here like wildfire.’
Rangers’ original Operation Tango remains unsurpassed after Liverpool fans caught out
Back in 2009 Rangers and Celtic were in a similar position with Rangers at Tannadice on the final day and needing to win to secure the title.
After taking the lead, texts were soon sent to Celtic fans at Parkhead telling them that Dundee United had equalised and, with Celtic drawing 0-0 with Hearts, their support went wild.
Rangers won 3-0 and ended the season as champions.