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Greg Rutherford's girlfriend targeted online after long jump champion criticised Tyson Fury

Susie Verill left 'utterly shocked' by the messages which came after Rutherford threatened to pull out of Sports Personality of the Year award

By Victoria Ward
9:21AM GMT 21 Dec 2015
The girlfriend of Sports Personality of the Year nominee Greg Rutherford has been sent a barrage of “derogatory, aggressive” messages online by fans of Rutherford’s rival, boxer Tyson Fury.
Susie Verill, mother to the couple’s one-year-old son Milo, said she was “utterly shocked” by the messages, comprising “relentless suggestions of sexual punishment”.
They were sent after Rutherford threatened to pull out of the BBC award show, voicing misgivings about sharing the stage with Fury.
The Olympic, world, Commonwealth and European long jump champion condemned the
By Victoria Ward 9:21AM GMT 21 Dec 2015 The girlfriend of Sports Personality of the Year nominee Greg Rutherford has been sent a barrage of “derogatory, aggressive” messages online by fans of Rutherford’s rival, boxer Tyson Fury. Susie Verill, mother to the couple’s one-year-old son Milo, said she was “utterly shocked” by the messages, comprising “relentless suggestions of sexual punishment”. They were sent after Rutherford threatened to pull out of the BBC award show, voicing misgivings about sharing the stage with Fury. The Olympic, world, Commonwealth and European long jump champion condemned the "very out-dated and derogatory comments" recently expressed by the boxer on homosexuality, paedophilia and abortion. He eventually rescinded his withdrawal from the ceremony, won last night by Andy Murray, after being asked to stay on by the BBC. Watch @Tyson_Fury apologise on stage at #SPOTY: https://t.co/huqcFo75A0 https://t.co/JxCAjdR1ne — HuffPost UK (@HuffPostUK) December 20, 2015 Fury apologised on stage for the homophobic and sexist comments, which included the suggestion that "a woman's best place is in the kitchen and on her back". He remained on the BBC’s shortlist ­ and came fourth overall - despite some 130,000 people signing a petition calling for his removal. The messages sent to Miss Verill, seen by The Sun, are said to refer to her as a "little slut" and threaten serious sexual violence. The 27-year-old told the newspaper: “I’m not sure what I expected, but I certainly didn’t think quite so many men would shout so loudly with such outdated views.” She said she knew they were Fury fans as they had copied him in and included praise for the boxer. There is no suggestion that Fury knew or condoned any of the abuse. Nearly 140,000 people had signed a petition asking for Fury to be axed from the Sports Personality shortlist. 3 0 0 3 Email Susie Verill pictured with Greg Rutherford

The girlfriend of Sports Personality of the Year nominee Greg Rutherford has been sent a barrage of “derogatory, aggressive” messages online by fans of Rutherford’s rival, boxer Tyson Fury.

Susie Verill, mother to the couple’s one-year-old son Milo, said she was “utterly shocked” by the messages, comprising “relentless suggestions of sexual punishment”.

They were sent after Rutherford threatened to pull out of the BBC award show, voicing misgivings about sharing the stage with Fury.

The Olympic, world, Commonwealth and European long jump champion condemned the "very out-dated and derogatory comments" recently expressed by the boxer on homosexuality, paedophilia and abortion.

He eventually rescinded his withdrawal from the ceremony, won last night by Andy Murray, after being asked to stay on by the BBC.

Fury apologised on stage for the homophobic and sexist comments, which included the suggestion that "a woman's best place is in the kitchen and on her back".

He remained on the BBC’s shortlist ­ and came fourth overall - despite some 130,000 people signing a petition calling for his removal.

The messages sent to Miss Verill, seen by The Sun, are said to refer to her as a "little slut" and threaten serious sexual violence.

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