Vernon brands Farah ‘disgraceful’ as feud intensifies

Andy Vernon, left, and Mo Farah secured silver and gold medals in the 10,000m in Zurich
Andy Vernon, left, and Mo Farah secured silver and gold medals in the 10,000m in Zurich
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ANDY VERNON branded Mo Farah ‘disgraceful’ after the duo’s bitter feud reached new heights yesterday.

That’s after the Stubbington athlete accused his Great Britain team-mate of swearing at him in the wake of Farah’s Diamond League 5,000m win in Lausanne last night.

To not even be a sportsman and shake my hand I think is pretty disgraceful, to be honest

Andy Vernon

Vernon, who was involved in a heated Twitter spat with Farah earlier this year, approached the double Olympic champion to congratulate him on a stellar performance.

It was Farah’s first appearance on the track following doping claims against coach Alberto Salazar.

But Farah, who has in the past labelled Vernon ‘an embarrassment’ snubbed the offer of a handshake and allegedly swore at the 2014 News Sports Awards sportsman of the year.

Vernon, who was second to Farah in the European Championships 10,000m final in Zurich last summer, and finished the race in Switzerland in 15th position, said: ‘I went to shake his hand and he turned his back on me.

‘I wanted to bury the hatchet.

‘I’m going up to Font Romeu (where the duo train will train together ahead of this summer’s World Championships) in a few days’ time and I just wanted to end it.’

Vernon, who then told gathered reporters that Farah had sworn at him, told of his dismay at the lack of respect shown to him by his GB team-mate.

‘To not even be a sportsman and shake my hand I think is pretty disgraceful, to be honest,’ said Vernon.

‘Like in the armed forces, you salute the rank not the person sometimes.

‘I wanted to congratulate the performance.

‘Whether we’re friends or not, I can appreciate a good performance but I get that reaction.’

Asked if he had clashed with Vernon after the race, Farah said: ‘I don’t know, not that I saw.’