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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Twitter mob hurls abuse at the wrong Marcelo after own goal for Brazil

Published 13/06/2014 | 11:01

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Brazil's Marcelo scores an own goal as Croatia's Nikica Jelavic and Brazil's David Luiz look on during the 2014 World Cup opening match between Brazil and Croatia at the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo June 12, 2014. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (BRAZIL - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)



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The real Marcelo scores an own goal as Croatia's Nikica Jelavic and Brazil's David Luiz look on

A London model found himself at the centre of a hate campaign on twitter after he was mistaken for Brazilian full-back Marcelo on twitter after his own goal in Brazil's 3-1 victory over Croatia.

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Marcello Ferri, 29, owns the twitter handle @Marcello and was on the receiving end of a torrent of abuse last night.

Ferri told the London Evening Standard that he wasn't even watching the game when he came under attack, despite the fact that his profile pic bears no resemblance to the Real Madrid star.

“Last night I was in the gym and not even watching the football. When I got home I was getting loads of tweets including death threats. I was scared at first I just thought ‘What have I done?’," he said.

Ferri received messages of support from twitter users @thejohnterry and @rvp who have been on the receiving end of similar abuse.

Here are the pick of the tweets:

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