Scottish club’s horror Braveheart statue goes viral for facial expression

A Scottish football club's unveiling of a Braveheart statue went viral for the hilarious facial expression depicted.

Brechin City FC, who play in fifth-tier competition the Highlands League, had a ceremony on Sunday to welcome the 13-foot sculpture depicting Mel Gibson as 13th-century knight William Wallace.

While the club shared images on Twitter to their 11,900 followers, it soon went viral for the face that the statue appears to be pulling.

"William Wallace shortly after he’s just stood on a nail," one user said.

Another commented: "That's not real is it? It can't be real?"

While a third came up with a joking scenario, writing: "Mel Gibson steps on a lego in the middle of the night."

A fourth compared it to another statue seen at a football ground in Britain, adding: "That’s just trumped the Michael Jackson statue at Craven Cottage [Fulham's home ground]."

And a fifth simply said: "What on earth?"

The statue was carved in 1996 by local Brechin artist Tom Church, who took inspiration from Hollywood movie Braveheart which detailed Wallace's role in the battle for Scottish Independence.

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It was not well received, though, and even had to be put in a cage two years later following repeated vandalism attempts.

The statue had been placed in the car park of Stirling Council but was returned to the artist in 2008 when they planned for redevelopments.

After failing to auction it off, Church even reportedly tried to give it to former President Donald Trump for placing at his golf resort in Aberdeen.

After years of 'no's, Brechin City announced at the end of August they would be taking the statue at home ground Glebe Park.

The club's Community Manager Clark Renilson said: "When Tommy came up with the idea we were delighted to accept his offer which will not only be appreciated by our own supporters but also visiting supporters to the ground.

"The statue itself is a remarkable piece of craftsmanship by a local man who put Brechin on the map with his talents. Having previously been on display all over Scotland we are delighted that the statue will be situated within our ground for all to see and appreciate."

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