14 years after: Chelsea mascot reveals why he snubbed Steven Gerrard

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14 years ago, A Chelsea mascot named Jake Nickless broke the internet as he played a prank on Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard just before a crucial game at Stamford Bridge.

The young Chelsea mascot tricked former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard to a handshake, only to embarrass him, with Claude Makelele laughing about the incident.

The incident goes viral every year and has gone viral again on twitter after it was shared by the official Chelsea twitter handle.

Nickless, now 19 has explained how the incident panned out.

“My friends keep saying we need to be reunited,” said Nickless.

“The video goes viral every other year. This year, one of my friends just kept tagging people, and it’s the first year I’ve got any credit for it.

“Half of my friends never knew it was me. I never really spoke about it until the past week.”

Nickless revealed how his father encouraged him to pull off the prank.

“The week before, my dad found out that I was going to be mascot – he got it for me as a birthday present – and said you have to stand out,” he told Sportbible.

“First of all they died my hair blue. It wasn’t my idea. Then that thing with the handshake was his plan.

“I said: ‘No, I’m not doing it. I’m too shy.’ When I saw him [Gerrard] in the tunnel, it was just instinct. I just shouted his name. All my friends take the mick as I sounded so young.

“He wasn’t embarrassed. He was just surprised because he probably thought I was going to shake his hand.

“My dad actually didn’t think I was going to do it. He said: ‘If you do it, we’ll go out the day after and buy you five PlayStation 2 games.’ And I got the games.”

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