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Andy Vernon: 'Mo Farah swore at me following his win'

Andy Vernon claims that Mo Farah verbally abused him and snubbed his handshake following his triumph on his return to the track in the 5000m in Lausanne.





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Mo Farah has been accused of swearing at Andy Vernon following his win in the 5000m in Lausanne.

The 32-year-old made his first appearance on the track since doping allegations were made against his coach Alberto Salazar, but he triumphed in the Diamond League race with a time of 13:11.77.

However, Vernon has claimed that when he went to congratulate his British teammate on his win, Farah verbally abused him and spurned his offer of a handshake.

Vernon told reporters: "I went to shake his hand and he turned his back on me and told me to fuck off. I wanted to bury the hatchet, I'm going up to Font Romeu [where both men train] in a few days' time and I just wanted to end it.

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

"With all the bad publicity he's getting at the moment I would have thought he would try to actually make a good name for himself again but by doing that it's not too good for him."

The duo were involved in a spat on Twitter earlier this year.

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Great Britain's Mohamed Farah celebrates after winning the Men's 5000m final during the European Athletics Championships at the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich on August 17, 2014
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