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One Direction were a man down at MTV EMAs

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Whie the English boyband took home three gongs at the MTV EMAs, there was actually a member missing as they thanked their fans.

One Direction star Zayn Malik was forced to sit out a band video link to the MTV European Music Awards on Sunday because he was too sick to appear in the acceptance speech clips.

The boyband were the big winners at the ceremony in Glasgow but only four of the quintet appeared onscreen to thank fans for their three trophies for Biggest Fans, Best Pop and Best Live Performance.

In the clip Harry Styles says, "We're so sorry we can't be with you tonight in Glasgow. Thank you so much for this award... Obviously we want to thank our incredible fans, we want to thank you so much for all your support. We can't ever thank you enough."

Ceremony backstage presenter Laura Whitmore revealed that Malik was at home in bed and was too ill to join his bandmates.