UK website's cheeky campaign to declare Murray 'honorary Englishman' sparks fury
A British website has caused outraged among Scots after it campaigned to make tennis ace Andy Murray an honorary Englishman.
Furious Scots have rapped tvbet.co.uk after it wrote to the Queen and the Prime Minister urging them to make Murray English, the Daily Star reports. The website wants the world number three to switch loyalties so England can claim its first Wimbledon winner since Fred Perry in 1936 if he triumphs this summer, the paper added. The cheeky campaign said Scotland did not need a tennis champion like Murray, 25, because it had its own pursuits such as tossing the caber, it further reported. The website also pointed out that Murray now lives in the Home Counties and has an English girlfriend, Kim Sears. Hundreds of tvbet customers have backed the move but about 200 Scots have reacted with anger over the stunt and they even claimed the move was racist. Scot Jim Armstrong fumingly said he was disgusted that the website has written a letter to the Queen and Prime Minister to make Andy Murray English. Armstrong added he is deeply upset and offended by the website's remarks and he has no option but to seek legal advice to sue on the grounds of it being racist and offensive to his nationality. Meanwhile, a spokesman for tvbet insisted the campaign was above board, adding their campaign is clearly a bit of fun and nothing sinister.
The spokesman further said they have a lot of registered users north of the border and are very pro-Scottish, and added that all they were saying is wouldn't it be great to have an English winner of Wimbledon as Murray switching his nationality is the best chance they have.
Murray on Friday beat Roger Federer, 31, in the Australian Open to reach his sixth Grand Slam final and will face World number one Novak Djokovic in the final on Sunday, the paper concluded.