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Sir Chris Hoy under fire from confused football fans on Twitter - again

Chelsea fans get Olympic champ mixed up with referee Chris Foy after team's loss to Aston Villa...

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:

Journalist Rik Sharma said:

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:

Hoy replied:


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:

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duc888 | 10 years ago

Ahh, now we can see the clear intellect level difference between the two sports :).

Quince | 10 years ago


OldRidgeback | 10 years ago

Backs up what I already thought about Chelsea fans

chadders | 10 years ago

That's the beauty of modern bandwagon jumping Chelsea fans very passionate and knowledgeable about the game!!!

allez neg | 10 years ago

Odd, I've always found football fans to be calm, considered, cerebral types with a keen sense of tolerance and a generously liberal outlook on things.

mad_scot_rider replied to allez neg | 10 years ago
allez neg wrote:

Odd, I've always found football fans to be calm, considered, cerebral types with a keen sense of tolerance and a generously liberal outlook on things.


Now I have to clear breakfast cereal off my monitor!

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