Boxing champion Ricky Burns attacked by neds in his hometown
NEDS threw cans and bottles at boxing champion Ricky Burns as he jogged the streets of his home town.
They hurled abuse at the fighter as he pounded the pavement on Monday night.
And the WBO interim lightweight champ slammed the gang as well as police on his Facebook account.
The 28-year-old told how he was confronted by the hooligans near Albion Rovers’ Cliftonhill stadium in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire.
But Burns said it was not worth risking his boxing licence by challenging the thugs.
He later joked that his Alsatians Floyd and Cozmo were going to be his new running partners.
Burns wrote: “Out jogging tonight and a group decide to shout abuse at u, chuck stuff and chase after you.
“You phone the police and report it and they just drive by 10 mins later. It’s a joke. What’s Coatbridge coming to?”
Burns posted the message at 11pm and it has drawn more than 200 comments from outraged family and friends.
His mum Tracey wrote: “I am absolutely disgusted, not just at the crowd of hard men that were throwing bottles at my son but at Strathclyde’s ‘finest’ who don’t seem to care.
“Time to move out to the countryside, methinks.”
Burns’s manager Alex Morrison said the star will take the incident in his stride. He said: “He has never put a foot wrong and is such a clean-living boy.
“He has never done anything out of line so he knows what the majority of us think about him.”
Coatbridge and Chryston MSP Elaine Smith said yesterday: “Most people from Coatbridge are proud to see a young man from the town reach the heights of world champion. He is a superb ambassador for the area and the sport.
“Faced with someone like Ricky, who is renowned for his hard work, commitment and bravery, these people would do well to follow his lead rather than trying to mock him for making the best of himself.”
A Strathclyde Police spokeswoman said: “We received a complaint about youths harassing a man on Coatbridge Main Street at around 10.30pm on Monday night. Officers attended but no further action was taken.”
Down-to-earth Burns still works at his local DW Sports shop, where he regularly chats to his legion of fans.
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