Sarah Moyes, a press officer from Edinburgh, has been receiving hundreds of abusive tweets mistaking her for under-fire Manchester United manager, David Moyes.
Despite having no relation to David Moyes, Sarah Moyes often has to share his abuse due to her twitter username, @Moyesy – a nickname often given to the struggling manager.
On Tuesday evening, following Manchester United's defeat to their biggest enemies, Manchester City, Sarah responded by tweeting: “I am no relation to the football manager David Moyes. Can people please stop mentioning me in tweets, I'm pretty sure he has his own account."
He doesn't, but a quick look at her display picture would confirm that she definitely isn't David Moyes.
Her tweet was retweeting by Match of the Day presenter, Gary Lineker, which caused a greater increase in the number of messages directed at @Moyesy, prompting her to write “@GaryLineker thanks! My twitter is having a complete meltdown right now!”
Sarah Moyes was later joined by Ravi Visvesvara Prasad, an IT consultant who often gets mistaken for Manchester United's star striker, Robin Van Persie, due to his twitter name, @rvp. Ravi said: “I don't think it will ever stop or blow over. I've had it really bad since aug'12”, when Van Persie joined Manchester United from Arsenal.
American student, Ashley Van Buren also spoke out against the abuse she has received due to her @avb account name, which is often mistaken for current Zenit Saint Petersburg manger, André Villas-Boas. She joked: “My guy (Villas-Boas) gets fired a lot. So I get some breaks."
Perhaps Sarah Moyes will be getting a break soon, with David Moyes' Manchester United currently sitting seventh in the Premier League, after a terrible first campaign in charge of the club.
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