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.
I am no relation to the football manager David Moyes. Can people please stop mentioning me in tweets, I'm pretty sure he has his own account
@moyesy same thing happened to me a few months back. It's bizarre and frustrating, but it'll (mostly) blow over.
@avb yeah I heard, I'm very much looking forward to it blowing over! x
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.
@garylineker thanks! my twitter is having a complete meltdown right now!
@moyesy Haha apologies
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.
Actually, while the three together in that last tweet is quite sweet, some of the abuse @moyesy is getting is horrendous.