How Jeremy Corbyn and Hector Bellerin silenced Piers Morgan at the GQ Men of the Year Awards

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The Daily Mail columnist said Jeremy Corbyn “shut me out of the conversation” with Arsenal star Hector Bellerin.

Jeremy Corbyn. Hector Bellerin and Piers Morgan – (Lauren Hurley/PA, John Walton/PA, Ian West/PA)

If this Piers Morgan anecdote from the GQ Men of the Year awards is anything to go by, Jeremy Corbyn might have discovered one way of preventing a conversation with the broadcaster.

Morgan is famously an Arsenal fan, although he has made his feelings about manager Arsene Wenger plain for all to see – here he is, suggesting his relationship with Wenger has reached its end.

Morgan wrote in his Daily Mail column that he had been chatting with Arsenal right-back Hector Bellerin at the awards do.

However, when fellow Arsenal fan and Labour leader Corbyn arrived to chat with Bellerin, the Islington North MP apparently blocked Morgan from interjecting.

“Later, fellow Arsenal fan Jeremy Corbyn came over to speak to him,” Morgan wrote in his column.

“When I tried to interrupt, the Labour leader – whose wife is Mexican – promptly switched to fluent Spanish to shut me out of the conversation.”


When Morgan asked Corbyn what he had said to the right-back, Corbyn reportedly replied: “I told him to please send Arsene Wenger my very best and assure him he continues to have my full support, even if he’s lost yours, Piers.”

Bellerin caught wind of the story, after Arsenal secured a 0-0 draw away at Premier League champions Chelsea, and tweeted to let Morgan know that it was nothing personal.

A screenshot of a Hector Bellerin tweet

Corbyn’s reply translates as: “It was a pleasure to meet you. It is better we don’t tell him what we are talking about, he would not understand. Very good game during the match on Sunday.”

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