Watford mascot Harry the Hornet QUITS after Roy Hodgson brands him a ‘disgrace’ 

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FOOTBALL mascot Harry the Hornet has quit after former England boss Roy Hodgson branded him a “disgrace”.

“I have officially stepped away from being the match day mascot”

Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans buzzed off after a decade of amusing fans at Premier League club Watford’s Vicarage Road ground.

Crystal Palace manager Hodgson was furious when he took the mickey out of Wilfried Zaha by leaping in front of the away bench and pretending to dive.

Gareth said yesterday: “I have officially stepped away from being the match day mascot. My decision. Proud of what I have achieved, the memories made and the experiences I’ve had.”

Harry mocked Zaha two years ago when the Palace winger was booked for diving in a Premier League clash with Watford.

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FALL GUYS: Harry mocked Zaha, right
(Pic: RICHARD HEATHCOTE/CHLOE KNOTT – DANEHOUSE/GETTY IMAGES)

Palace’s then boss Sam Allardyce called his action “out of order”, but the FA took no action.

Last month, however, before Palace faced Watford again, Roy, 67, said: “If you’re asking me whether Harry the Hornet should dive in that way, I think it’s disgraceful.

“I would be very disappointed if the Palace mascot was doing something like that to provoke the crowd against an opponent. And if I found out about it, I would stop it.”

Some Watford fans now want Gareth to write a book about his time inside the oversized hornet costume.

One sad supporter said: “Gutted. We had the best mascot in the league.

“You’ll be missed and I don’t think you’ll be replaced.”

Another added: “I’m truly gutted! I’ve been a Watford season ticket holder for the best part of 20 years and never seen a funnier and entertaining mascot.

“I was looking forward to taking my daughter to come see you!”

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