Leeds United Football Club—that's soccer for the United States—have found themselves involved in one of the more unlikely Twitter spats.
They took on One Direction star Niall Horan.
It began when sports fanatic Horan tweeted his appreciation of Derby County Football Club’s style of play on Wednesday.
Oh yeah @dcfcofficial are a dream to watch play .— Niall Horan (@Niall Horan) 1540413187.0
A fan replied asking for Horan to send some luck to Leeds.
@NiallOfficial @dcfcofficial Will you send @LUFC A bit of luck ⚰😂— CROSSY (@CROSSY) 1540413629.0
To which Horan responded:
"No one likes Leeds"
@CrossyTweets @dcfcofficial @LUFC No one likes Leeds— Niall Horan (@Niall Horan) 1540413661.0
The response from the 25-year-old was far from flattering to the English football club.
Leeds responded with a dig at Horan’s solo career.
No one likes your solo career #BringBack1D https://t.co/PLu0p216pl— Leeds United (@Leeds United) 1540417826.0
With his group, One Direction, on a break, the Irishman released one solo album and a handful of singles, none of which have topped the UK charts.
The reaction was split between those who thought Leeds had the better of the argument and those that were on Team Niall.
@LUFC No one likes y’all, try again next time hun. Niall’s solo career is better than anything y’all could ever accomplish.— ana ♡ simping for leah (@ana ♡ simping for leah) 1540418360.0
@LUFC This is a MASSIVE W right there— Fredrik (@Fredrik) 1540418560.0
@tomlinsnthetide @LUFC https://t.co/EHCOG6yNFT— lucy ◟̽◞̽ nsfr (@lucy ◟̽◞̽ nsfr) 1540447604.0
By and large though, it seemed like a second win of the night for Leeds, who were 2-0 victors over Ipswich in a Championship game on the same evening.
@LUFC https://t.co/m2UmLAwdGS— Angry Kalvin. (@Angry Kalvin.) 1540417928.0
@LUFC Who is on this account? GIVE THEM A RAISE.— Liam (@Liam) 1540417996.0
@LUFC Lovely stuff. https://t.co/TxwogpmBAU— Mr Geldard (@Mr Geldard) 1540418744.0
@LUFC https://t.co/4umVJa8lby— Mark Bell (@Mark Bell) 1540417940.0
Well that's him told then.... https://t.co/3QX1MT8tha— Phil McNulty (@Phil McNulty) 1540448369.0
They even got some support from other clubs.
Club Twitter >>>>> 😂😂😂 https://t.co/Sp3Q2lanLL— Bayer 04 Leverkusen (@Bayer 04 Leverkusen) 1540419081.0
@LUFC https://t.co/lx9uBzZ7kr— AS Roma English (@AS Roma English) 1540466616.0
Leeds United’s relationship with Irish members of boy bands hasn’t always been so strained.
Nicky Byrne of the group Westlife was a goalkeeper for the club’s youth team.
Never seen this pic before! FA YOUTH CUP Elland Road Leeds Utd V Sheff Wed me as GK Woodgate Kewell Maybury Mcphail http://t.co/ZB73NusCRN— Nicky Byrne (@Nicky Byrne) 1380300922.0
A version of this article originally appeared on Press Association.