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Mistaken identity: Twitter storm over wrong Suarez

Published on Jun 26, 2014 6:36 AM
Italy's defender Giorgio Chiellini (left) showing an apparent bitemark and Uruguay forward Luis Suarez (right) holding his teeth after the incident during the Group D football match between Italy and Uruguay at the Dunas Arena in Natal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Social media fallout from Luis Suarez's biting controversy reached Buenos Aires on Wednesday with a near namesake pleading for an end to a deluge of online insults directed at him.

"Please stop," Argentine Diego Suarez - Twitter handle @Suarez - urged after being mistaken for the Uruguay and Liverpool striker.

"I am not Uruguayan, I am not Luis Suarez," he said. "There are many Suarez's in the world, I am not Luis Suarez. Please." He added in block capitals - and in English: "Please stop. I am not Uruguayan." The netizen added: "Suarez went and bit some guy again and I've been deluged with (online) mentions through til dawn.

"I used to like Twitter as it was a very relaxed medium for me where people didn't go round insulting me." Some of the printable remarks made against Diego Suarez included "dirty horrid cheat" and "should be banned for life." The Uruguay striker is facing his third biting storm in less than four years after being accused of sinking his teeth into Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini's shoulder.