Sir Chris Hoy targeted in Tottenham Twitter tirade

Spurs fans confuse four-time Olympic champ with ref of yesterday's defeat to Stoke City

by Simon_MacMichael   December 12, 2011  

Sir Chris Hoy Sky Track Cycling

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy has revealed that he has learnt some choice new words on Twitter over the past 24 hours after fans of Tottenham Hotspur got him mixed up with referee Chris Foy, who officiated at their team's 2-1 defeat away to Stoke City in the FA Premier League yesterday afternoon.

Mr Foy’s performance was, to put it mildly, a shocker – after the match, even Arsenal fans managed to break off from laughing at their North London rivals’ misfortune for long enough to post to Twitter agreeing that a series of dubious decisions had helped sway the match in favour of the home team.

Spurs fans, evidently, were too busy seeking out the referee himself on the social network, with a tirade of abuse heaped on the Scottish cyclist, whose Twitter account is under the name @chrishoy – close enough when the red, or perhaps more appropriately, lilywhite, mist has descended over your eyes.

Hoy took it all in good humour, tweeting yesterday evening: “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.”

The torrent of abuse apparently continued unabated, however, with the man who is targeting a repeat of his 2008 three gold medal haul in London next year, tweeting today: “Still getting some rather amusing grief from Spurs fans! On the plus side I've learned some new 4 letter words today.”

The hashtag to that post, #FoyNotHoy, was seized upon by cycling fans as well as those of Arsenal, and became a trending topic on Twitter in the UK.

But there could be mixed feelings for another Beijing gold medal-winning cyclist if the tongue-in-cheek tweet from another supporter of the Gunners turned out instead to be true.

R_Gooner wrote: “Spurs fans not only protesting about the Olympic Stadium. Now they're threatening to burn down the velodrome.”

If carried through, that’s bad news for Arsenal (and Cardiff) fan Geraint Thomas - it would deprive him of the venue where he is looking to help Great Britain retain the team pursuit title he helped them win at Beijing three years ago.

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Its even better that places like Yahoo get it wrong, This from November

I had a look at some of the tweets he was getting, many not directed at him with the @ but rather #chrishoy!/search/%23chrishoy

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posted by Gkam84 [9309 posts]
12th December 2011 - 18:58

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In all fairness - nobody said they were rocket scientists Thinking

Buddha said:

Believe nothing, No matter where you read it,
Or who has said it, Not even if I have said it,
Unless it agrees with your own reason
And your own common sense.

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posted by mad_scot_rider [580 posts]
12th December 2011 - 23:06

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ha ha stupid football supporters.

posted by Karbon Kev [682 posts]
13th December 2011 - 9:36

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That is rather amusing - looks like he took it in good stead too


posted by OldRidgeback [2535 posts]
13th December 2011 - 9:42

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I mean, going on the internet to abuse a referee is utterly, wretchedly pathetic. But getting the wrong person?


posted by BigDummy [314 posts]
13th December 2011 - 12:07

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Good job Chris isn't a paediatrician after that incident in South Wales. Yawn I'm disappointed with Spurs fans. They've always been the biggest whiners in UK football - never happy - but I didn't think they were quite so thick. Maybe a chance for the supporters club to apologise but as it's made up of cabbies and white van drivers I can't imagine cyclists get much respect anyway?

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1161 posts]
13th December 2011 - 12:54

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