Olympic gold medalist Sir Mo Farah has been attacked by racist trolls online after he posted a message of Christmas goodwill for his followers on Instagram.
Sir Mo, who is a practicing Muslim, was criticised by fellow Muslims for mentioning the Christian festival on his social media feed.
One critic wrote: ‘You are being given the name of our beloved prophet Mohamed and it is better to protect the honourable name and your religion of Islam.’
Another said: ‘The respect I had for you went way down. Shame bro.’ A third condemned the runner: ‘Are you serious? You are Muslim you cant do this , I’m sorry for you.’
However, more than 26,000 people have liked Sir Mo’s festive message.
One critic said: ‘Mohamed Farah shame on you.’
Although many people posted positive messages. One fan wrote: ‘What’s wrong with saying Merry Christmas? Not like he’s celebrating it. We have people who don’t celebrate Eid and are well known saying Eid Mubarak but that’s not a problem so why is this?’