Wednesday 17 January 2018

Here's what athletes past and present are saying on Twitter about the 2017 General Election

As the results of the election unfolded, what did the world of sport make of it?

By Max McLean

The entire country is in the process of absorbing the news that the Conservatives have failed to earn a majority in the 2017 General Election, and the nation’s athletes are no different.

With the exit poll suggesting a hung parliament, the result of no single party winning 326 seats or more, Gary Lineker reflected the mood of the nation fairly early on.

Before tweeting this football analogy later when it appeared that the exit poll was more or less correct.

Dame Kelly Holmes, winner of two Olympic gold medals at the Athens Olympics in 2004, was gripped by the coverage.

Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen was a little more succinct.

Ex-England centre-back Sol Campbell, whose attempt to become Mayor of London failed in 2015, offered his thoughts.

And this was Olympic medal-winning heptathlete Kelly Sotheron’s verdict on the hung parliament:

Former Manchester United and England player-turned-pundit Rio Ferdinand tweeted this controversial opinion…

…but Joey Barton, who is currently serving an 18-month suspension from football after he breached rules on gambling, was not a fan of Ferdinand’s idea.

And while Michael Vaughan ruminated on the application of cricket rules for such an occasion…

…this was his main question:

Now, what do the politicians make of the world of sport?

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