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  • 27 February 2013, 16:34

Harry Styles Floored After Shoe Thrown By Fan

A One Direction fan had an unusual way of showing her affection - by throwing her shoe at Harry Styles during a concert.

In a YouTube video, the singer was seen bending over in pain after being hit in the groin by the flying shoe, before falling to the ground.

Another member of the band could be heard shouting: "Man down."

The band were on stage answering questions from Twitter during their Take Me Home tour in Glasgow on Tuesday night.

A shoe, which was flung on stage seconds earlier, missed the singers and Styles held it up for the audience, saying: "It's a shoe."

A second shoe was then thrown, striking the 19-year-old.

Once the singer was back on his feet, he performed a few stretches as fellow band member Liam Payne explained: "Well, he has just been assaulted."

The boys were quick to reassure the packed crowd that their bandmate had not suffered any lasting damage.

Styles has joined an elite club of public figures and leaders to have had shoes thrown at them, although for very different reasons.

These include former US president George W Bush, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, former prime minister Tony Blair and former International Monetary Fund director Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

It is not the first time Styles has been hurt by overzealous fans.

In April 2012, while performing at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, he was hit again in the crotch by what appeared to be a shoe thrown from the audience.

One Direction have recorded a medley of Blondie's One Way Or Another and the Undertones' Teenage Kicks for this year's Comic Relief.

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