Finn Tapp, a defender on English sixth-tier club Oxford City, scored the biggest trophy of his life on Sunday. It just wasn’t on the pitch.
The 20-year-old came away victorious in the sixth season of the popular British dating show “Love Island” with his partner Paige Turley, securing a £50,000 prize.
— Love Island (@LoveIsland) February 23, 2020
The win comes after a month and a half of filming in South Africa in which Tapp and Turley outlasted 30 other contestants on a show airing daily.
If that sounds like it might interfere with Tapp’s soccer career, considering the season is filmed in the middle of Oxford City’s National League South schedule, well, the club might agree with you. That’s judging from this simply incredible tweet it sent out when Tapp was introduced on the show.
The club was not aware Finn Tapp was going on Love Island - this is normal protocol for all contestants. We understand and wish Finn luck on the show.
— Oxford City FC (@OxCityFC) January 15, 2020
Yes, Tapp, a professional soccer player, went rogue from his team to compete on a reality dating show in South Africa, then won. However, it might be worth noting that Oxford City wasn’t exactly Tapp’s day job. His “Love Island” bio lists his job as “recruitment consultant” and the National League South is known as a semi-professional league.
As for Oxford City, commercial director Mick Livesey told the BBC that the club will insert clauses into future player contracts specifically addressing television appearances:
Mr Livesey said: "He was [in breach of his contract] but I think you need to take a pragmatic sort of view: A 20-year-old lad, he's offered all this reality TV stuff.
"He has a contract, so he has to finish the contract he has with the football club.
"He's done very, very well for us."
Probably a good move on their part.
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