Did Paula Radcliffe's Husband Insult Sir Mo Farah At The SPOTY Awards?
It was a glorious occasion when Sir Mo Farah was named Sports Personality of The Year 2017 at a star-studded award ceremony last night, but some people were left a bit flummoxed.
Sir Mo, the most decorated British athlete ever with 10 global titles, beat the likes of Anthony Joshua and F1 driver Lewis Hamilton to the gong.
The announcement took many in the audience by surprise, not least Gary Lough, the runner husband of long distance runner Paula Radcliffe.
Lough could be seen shaking his head before mouthing words to his wife - and a lot of viewers thought that they weren't pleasant ones.
Surely sir Mo Farah winning Sports personality of the year doesn't warrant a shake of the head and a comment of fucking joke:joy::joy: #spoty :joy::joy: pic.twitter.com/N8dTx3AP3f
- Chris Birkbeck (@Cooch81) December 17, 2017
Love Paula Radcliffe's husband mouthing "fucking joke" as Mo Farah wins #SPOTY. Whatever could he mean? :joy:
- Mark McGagh (@HowB1zarre) December 17, 2017
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Who was the guy next to Paula Radcliffe shaking his head and saying "fucking joke"?! #spoty
- Charlie Baxter (@BaxterCE) December 17, 2017
While the incident looked a bit suspicious, in reality Lough was probably really chuffed at Sir Mo winning the prize. After all, he's Farah's new long distance coach.
One of the main reasons Farah is moving back to the UK from the US is to work with former 1,500m runner Lough as he switches his focus from track to road racing.
That fact didn't get past one viewer who knew the furore was more of a joke than Mo's success was:
People getting at Paula Radcliffe's husband thinking he said "Fucking Joke" about Mo winning. It's his coach you cretins! #SPOTY
- Mikey (@MikeyS809) December 17, 2017
Viewers found another reason to rail at Sir Mo as he was unable to attend the live event in Liverpool to accept the award in person, appearing via video link from his home instead.
Fans noticed that the trophy was already at his gaff - despite the voting for the award only opening about an hour ahead of the winner being announced. Bit fishy, that.
Of course, it was probably just one of several trophies the BBC had on standby in case someone who couldn't be there won the prize, like Lewis Hamilton who was at home in LA.
Still, that didn't stop people claiming it was a fix. People just love a good conspiracy theory, don't they?
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