Sir Chris Hoy hopefully won’t have had his enjoyment of last night’s Revolution Series finale spoilt too much after irate football fans once again confused him with football referee, Chris Foy.
Chelsea fans took to Twitter after their team’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa to criticise Foy’s performance in a match that saw two of the London team’s players sent off and manager Jose Mourinho sent to the stands.
Here’s a selection:
@TheGoochmeister yes mate we are hardly ever good at villa park and now hoy has made it 8 cfc red cards in 9. Remires should no better
— Aaron Munson (@AaronLeeMunson) March 15, 2014
— Matthew Cole (@Crazy_Cole79) March 15, 2014
— Lewis James (@jameseytime) March 15, 2014
Journalist Rik Sharma said:
I actually think Chris Hoy might do a better job
— Rik Sharma (@riksharma_) March 15, 2014
The first time Hoy was confused with Foy came in December 2011, with Tottenham Hotspur fans the culprits, leading the six-time Olympic champion to tweet: “Just for the record 1) I don't need glasses and 2) I do not lead a double life as an English premiere league ref. That's Chris Foy.
“Still getting some rather amusing grief from Spurs fans! On the plus side I've learned some new 4 letter words today.”
He coined the hashtag #FoyNotHoy, which was used on a number of posts last night by Twitter users pointing out the error made by a number of Chelsea fans.
Last night, the BBC’s Dan Walker tweeted:
— Dan Walker (@mrdanwalker) March 15, 2014
@mrdanwalker they're coming thick and fast! With an emphasis on the 'thick'.
— Chris Hoy (@chrishoy) March 15, 2014
Some suggested that Hoy might wish to turn his phone off for the night.
But while the Chelsea fans’ tweets tended not to be addressed specifically to him using the @chrishoy address, those from people pointing out the error typically did – and would therefore have had the message alert on his phone doing overtime all evening.
The last word goes to this Twitter user:
Nobody hates Chris Foy more than Chris Hoy
— David Harrison (@djh_86) March 15, 2014
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