Andy Murray referendum abuse draws police response

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Andy Murray's troubles continue to worsen and he is now on the receiving end of abuse which has caused the police to get involved.

Scotland's well-publicised referendum to decide on whether they were to go for independence from the United Kingdom ended in a victory for the 'No' campaign, but Murray has had to deal with some of the fall-out.

Having kept his views to himself in much of the build-up to the vote, Murray finally waded into the debate when he backed the 'Yes' movement in a tweet just hours before the polls opened. 


His tweet: "Huge day for Scotland today! no campaign negativity last few days totally swayed my view on it. excited to see the outcome. lets do this," has been 'retweeted' nearly 20,000 times and received a similar number of 'favourites.'

However not everybody took Murray's opinion in their stride, and the 27-year-old has faced a torrent of abuse loaded with expletives, threats and hurtful comments. 

One of the comments even made a sickening reference to the Dunblane massacre in the 90s, where Murray was a pupil of a primary school which was raided by a gunman who murdered 16 innocent children and teachers.

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Scottish police have now stepped in to condemn the comments, calling them: "vile, disgusting and distasteful."

This isn't the first time that Murray has come underfire for his personal views on nationality, though this particular instance has perhaps caused the most controversy.

The two-time major winner was booed at Wimbledon in 2006 after he admitted he would support whoever were playing against England at that year's World Cup.

He mended part of the rift with fans of the UK when he won Olympic Gold for Team GB at the 2012 London Olympics. 


However his support of the independence movement has led to accusations of him being a hypocrite considering he couldn't vote in the referendum because he moved south of the border.

Some suggested that Murray's high-profile could have unfairly swayed undecided voters. It didn't prove to be an issue in the end as more than 55% of the country opted to stay in the Union.

The vile nature of the abuse adds to Murray's growing list of concerns. As well as dropping out of the world's top ten rankings for the first time since 2008, the former world no.3 has been ordered to clean-up his new luxury hotel after it fell short of the legal requirements of the Foods Standards Agency. 

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