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Carl delivers a knockout blow to Twitter bigot after GAA shirt provokes abuse

By David Young

Northern Ireland boxing hero Carl Frampton gave a loyalist Twitter troll a knockout online dig this week after the north Belfast former world champ was criticised for wearing an Antrim GAA shirt.

The Tigers Bay man had his picture taken wearing the shirt while out with his daughter at a restaurant earlier this week.

The Antrim GAA Twitter account approved of The Jackal's choice: "Great to see you in saffron," it said.

While most comments were positive, one user replied on Twitter saying: "Showing his true colours and his support for sfira a total disgrace from a Protestant from Tigers Bay."

The troll followed up saying: "Never again will i support @RealCFrampton and i urge all Loyalists to do the same he now belongs to the other side."

The sectarian tweet brought a torrent of condemnation - but none more punchy than Frampton's own swift response.

"Hey boy, any more talk like that and you'll get this around the coupon," the champ tweeted, accompanied by an image of a hurling stick with the boxing hero's name on it, as well as scenes from his world-beating fight career.

Fan Johnny Henderson tweeted in support of Frampton, who is widely supported on both sides of the political divide: "We need politicians who command respect, have integrity and reach out across the divide.

"The way The Jackal does.

"Top stuff."

UTV weatherman Frank Mitchell added: "This is why Carl is a success! A knockout with a few cheeky witty words! Well done my man!"

And the west Belfast-based makers of the special Frampton hurl, ProGAA, said: "Our stick has many uses Carl lol. Keep up the cross community work, you're a great ambassador for it & loads could learn from ur example."

Give My Head Peace funnyman Tim McGarry Tweeted: "Hi @RealCFrampton. I'll give £150 to the charity of your choice if you wear that at the next @CrusadersFC match." Carl is a big fan of the Crues.

Football agent Gerry Carlile said: "Frampton as quick with his wit as he is with his hands.

"Superb character in all respects who represents everyone but never forgets his roots."

Frampton's next major bout looks set to be against International Boxing Federation featherweight champion Lee Selby at Windsor Park in Belfast during the summer.

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