The Chinese blogger who hit the headlines after issuing a death threat to Roger Federer has apologised for his words and said that he didn't mean the world number 2 any harm and had made the comments in the spur of the moment.
The blogger named, 'Blue Cat Polytheistic Religion Founder 07' had posted on the Chinese site Baidu, “On 6 October, I plan to assassinate Federer for the purpose of tennis extermination."
What made his comment more disturbing was that he also posted a doctored image showing a decapitated Federer on his knees on a tennis court, with a masked executioner dressed in black and holding an axe next to him.
A report in Sports Illustrated, has the blogger's apology, where he said,
"I took the initiative to contact the relevant people to apologise. I’m terribly sorry.I was arguing with Federer fans and then I wrote something stupid … I hope that the organisers can understand me, forgive me, and if possible send my apologies to Federer and his family."
The death threat was issued while Federer was scheduled to play at the Shanghai Open in China.
Security was stepped up around the Swiss tennis star, who was quoted as saying, “Obviously maybe it’s a little bit of a distraction, there’s no doubt about it. But you have to be aware of what’s happening around you.”
Federer had arrived in Shanghai without his wife or twin daughters, a decision he insisted had nothing to do with the death threats.