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Boxer Carl Frampton says death threat down to 'an idiot'

By Claire Williamson

Former world champion boxer Carl Frampton has said he believes a death threat sent to his family was "probably just a young lad being stupid" - but stated that people shouldn't have the right to send such messages.

It came in a Facebook private message to his wife Christine which read: "You and your kids and Carl are getting murdered by the UVF, so f****** watch."

Christine posted a screen grab of the threat on her Twitter feed and asked for advice on how to find the person who sent it online. The same person asked her two days previously whether she owned a leather jacket and leather gloves.

Speaking about the incident, the Belfast boxer said while he didn't believe it was a "serious death threat", he condemned it.

He told BBC Talkback yesterday: "You have to take these things seriously. But I think it was some clown, probably someone pretty young sitting in his mum's front box room, thinking he's a hard man."

Frampton said he didn't report it to the police because he thinks it was "just some idiot".

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