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Tweeters @moyesy, @rvp and @avb form self-help group for misdirected Twitter abuse

The namesakes of Andre Villas Boas, David Moyes and Robin Van Persie have all received horrific online abuse. Credit: AP

Three Twitter users with very similar names to football stars have come together to talk about the abuse they receive online.

  • Scottish marketing worker Sarah Moyes is often mistaken for the daughter of under-pressure Manchester United manager David Moyes.
  • New Yorker Ashley Van Buren, whose Twitter name is @avb, regularly receives comments aimed at former Chelsea and Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas.
  • Indian technology expert Ravi Visvesvara Prasad, who tweets as @rvp, is often sent messages intended for Manchester United and Holland striker Robin van Persie.

The three joined in conversation on Thursday to discuss the often vulgar outbursts directed at them, with @avb humorously concluding that she at least gets breaks from the abuse because her namesake is often sacked.

The three became aware of one another when presenter and former England striker Gary Lineker retweeted @moyesy's plea for disgruntled Manchester United fans to leave her alone.

Comedian Dara O Briain noted that while conversation was at first amusing, there was a serious issue with the "horrendous" comments being sent to the unfortunate recipients.