Twitter targets wrong Suarez after World Cup biting incident



Miles Klee

Internet Culture

Published Jun 24, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 2:00 am CDT

Online vigilante justice may be swift, but it’s rarely accurate. Not long after Uruguay’s famously cannibalistic Luis Suarez bit Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini in a World Cup match, resulting in a suspension, Twitter users heaped abuse upon the soccer star—or tried to.

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He did it again! @Suarez

— Anne-Clothilde (@AnneClothilde1) June 24, 2014

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@Suarez you don’t deserve to be. Footballer at all…… What an useless player. I wonder the kinda training you are giving to ur children.

— DopeBoiRozay (@Hillykrozz) June 24, 2014

@Suarez is a vampire… I hate him

— akahome sam (@bigsammie04) June 24, 2014

.@Suarez, what the hell? RT @th14Renato: This is a more clear picture, wow lol

— Neetzan Zimmerman (@neetzan) June 24, 2014

What @Suarez said abt Biting incident. Will he be banned frm the rest of the WorldCup? @FIFAWorldCup #Brazil2014

— NYC VIBRATIONS (@NYCVibrations) June 24, 2014

👍 CIAO sono il dentista di @suarez Hello I’m #suarez Dentist #ItaliaUruguay #englandvsCostarica #Liverpool #URU #ITA

— Freddy Donati #CFC (@FreddyDonati) June 24, 2014

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Trouble is, @Suarez isn’t that Suarez. After retweeting some of the funnier jeers, Diego Suarez attempted to set the record straight, noting that many people around the globe have the same surname. He joked that people might also confuse him with Uruguay player Diego Lugano. Later, he expressed disbelief that “anything you say will be retweeted anywhere in the world by any idiot,” saying he felt “responsible for the first time in Twitter.” 


— Diego Suarez (@Suarez) June 24, 2014

Lo malo de esto es que se viene otra carta abierta de Lugano

— Diego Suarez (@Suarez) June 24, 2014

Todo lo que diga será retuiteado en cualquier parte del mundo por cualquier idiota. Me siento responsable por primera vez en Twitter

— Diego Suarez (@Suarez) June 24, 2014

If you’re still mad at Luis, you can find him over on his verified account, where he was just recently showing off those dangerous pearly whites. Consider every smile a warning.

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Thanks for coming and supporting me as always. You give me more energy than everyone else!! I love you a lot!!

— Luis Suarez (@luis16suarez) June 24, 2014

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*First Published: Jun 24, 2014, 3:52 pm CDT