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TV chef's 'desperate' outburst
Delia Smith at the Norwich City v Man City match
Delia galvanising supporters at half-time
Delia Smith has described her half-time outburst at a Norwich City home game on Monday as "an act of desperation".

The former TV chef and Norwich City director got on the pitch and urged supporters to show more support, sparking criticism on the club website.

Speaking on BBC Radio Norfolk Delia said the Canaries had lost an initial 2-0 lead by half-time.

"Really I was desperate but I'm concerned that people thought that I was being critical," she said.

During half-time at the match between Norwich City and Manchester City at Carrow Road, with microphone in hand, she announced: "This is a message for possibly the best supporters in the world.

If they (supporters) think I've been calling them disloyal then that's incorrect
Delia Smith

"We need a 12th man here. Where are you? Where are you? Let's be having you. Come on."

On Wednesday Delia said: "I just forgot where I was and I was caught up in what was happening at the time. We were 2-0 up and suddenly they (Manchester City) were equal.

"I feel I'm one of the supporters and I didn't think anyone would find anything wrong."

Delia refuted claims she was calling Canary supporters disloyal or bringing the game into disrepute.

"I've been told that it (support) does make a difference, it energises players and supporters are part of the team really," she said.

"I was never calling any loyalty into question. If they (supporters) think I've been calling them disloyal then that's incorrect."

'Passionate' supporter

Delia also denied claims she had had too much to drink and said she could not understand "what all the fuss was about".

"I have a row of glasses of water ready for me at half-time, but I never drink during a match.

"No other incident has caught every national newspaper's attention like this before. But it's certainly put Norwich on the map!"

When asked if she planned to repeat the rally call if the Canaries found themselves in a similar situation against Chelsea on Saturday, Ms Smith said "No, but I'm still a passionate football supporter".




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