Twitter targets wrong Suarez after World Cup biting incident


Mar 2, 2020, 2:24 am*

Internet Culture

Miles Klee 

Miles Klee

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.

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.” 

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