Piers Morgan slated for defending "great guy" Boris Becker as tennis icon jailed

Piers Morgan has been slammed on social media for defending Boris Becker after the tennis legend was jailed for fraud.

Former world No 1 Becker has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for hiding £2.5million worth of assets and loans to avoid paying debts. The 54-year-old was found guilty of four charges under the Insolvency Act relating to his 2017 bankruptcy.

In response to the news, the ever-controversial TV presenter Morgan posted a picture of him with Becker and wrote: "So sorry about Boris Becker. Great guy, and always enjoyed his company. See you on the other side, mate."

His followers were bemused by the comments with one asking: "Why you sorry Piers he broke the law." One reply read: "Sorry? It's all his own fault and now he's serving his time."

Another Twitter user wrote: "Definitely misjudged public opinion on this one. Most people are facing unprecedented hikes in cost of living expenses. Sympathy for those that are in a better position than most, squirreling away their money and assets (not for the first time), is probably in short supply."

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One commented: "He had a fortune that 99 per cent of us can only dream of having and but lost it all due to lavish spending and gambling on bad investments to make more money, pure greed. How about the creditors he owed money too, ever thought what situation they are in now? He deserved this."

Staunch Arsenal fan Morgan has attended football matches with Becker, who supports Chelsea, in the past. His message of support came hours after the German had been sent down at Southwark Crown Court.

Becker had been previously warned he could face up to seven years behind bars due to his tax evasion and attempted tax evasion convictions in his home country in 2002, at which time he was given a suspended sentence.

He was acquitted on a further 20 charges, but prosecutor Rebecca Chalkley said the jury had found the commentator had acted "deliberately and dishonestly" and accused him of "seeking to blame others" before sentencing him to two-and-a-half years in prison, of which half will be served on licence.

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