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Lionel Messi penalty: BT Sport presenter receives shocking abuse after tweet

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Lionel Messi's decision to pass his penalty to Luis Suarez during Barcelona's 6-1 victory over Celta Vigo on Sunday has split opinion around the world. 

While some have hailed the genius of the Barcelona forward, others have hit out at him for showing a lack of respect to his opponents. 

Following the penalty, BT Sport presenter Lynsey Hipgrave got involved in the debate, claiming that the Argentine's spot-kick was uncalled for. 


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In fact, she stated that Messi should have just let Luis Suarez take the penalty if he wanted to be such a good teammate. 

Writing on Twitter, Hipgrave stated: "Think that Messi pen is so disrespectful more I see it. Just let Suarez take the pen if you want to be such a good team mate."

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Twitter outrage 

However, her tweet has since caused a great deal of controversy on social media. Ultimately, trolls have taken to Twitter to produce a number of vile messages in her direction. 

Following the abuse, Hipgrave, who has more than 29,000 followers, opted to retweet the messages in an attempt to reveal the abuse that she was experiencing. 

Here are some of the messages (many have since been deleted) that the BT Sport presenter has retweeted: 




Messages of support 

Thankfully, though, Hipgrave has also received many messages of support following the abuse. While tweets of support have headed in her direction, the presenter has also received messages from the likes of Danny Baker and Alan Shearer. 

As per The Sun, her co-presenter on 5Live, Danny Baker, wrote: “Thing is Lyns, whenever these gormless dregs get hauled to court they’re always the same type: pimply pasty faced failures.”

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer stated: “Must be really sickening for you that @lynseyhipgrave1 gets to do a job you’d kill for & with respect of ex pros.”

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Over the last few years, more and more women have entered the game and it should only continue over the coming years. 

The disgraceful messages sent to Hipgrave shouldn't hinder the progression of women in sport as the game is heading in the right direction. 

As Hipgrave has mentioned, there's still a long way to go, but there's no reason why things won't continue to improve over the coming years. 

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