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This Guy Had His Identity Stolen By Twitter Trolls And It's A Huge Fucking Mess

The fan is actually Chinese.

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Earlier last week, the captain of English football team West Ham United, Mark Noble, shared a selfie on Twitter of him with someone he said was a Chinese fan.

All the way from china 🇨🇳 👍🏻👍🏻 #COYI

The user behind @KoreanHammer, a 17-year-old named Baz Assemakis from Norfolk, United Kingdom, told BuzzFeed News that he decided to tweet at Noble because he "thought it would be funny."

"Then I changed my name to a stereotypical South Korean name and changed my profile to pretend to be the man," Assemakis said.

Assemakis said the tweet got no attention for about two days until West Ham Central, a big West Ham account, retweeted it.

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But people quickly discovered that both Assemakis and @LingWann_'s tweets were fake.

@LingWann_ declined to comment when contacted by BuzzFeed News and instead just tweeted out a screenshot of our DMs to Twitter.

"All I want to do is hammer this Korean hammer to death.

So this is what happened. Two days ago @HammerStan took a selfie with West Ham United Captain Mark Noble and Noble posted it on Twitter with the caption 'All the way from China.'"

And then this shameless Korean hammer, pretending to be [@HammerStan] replied to Noble saying, "I'm South Korean not Chinese."

His tweet was retweeted tens of thousands of times. And although most people were saying it was fake, the guy kept pretending it was still real. How can someone be so shameless???

Just take a look at the photos on the Weibo of the true Hammer fan and the Twitter of the fake Hammer fan, and you know who's real and who's fake... Hammer him to death."

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@HammerStan was also captured on a TV interview while he was in the UK. A Chinese West Ham Weibo fan account shared a screenshot of the video with the caption, "@HammerStan, a fan from our country, being interviewed by reporters before heading see the derby."

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Amongst the replies to the thread appears to include @HammerStan himself — who was tweeting under the handle @Pierrex523 — and sharing photos of his Chinese passport and tickets to the match to prove his identity.

@KoreanHammer @Noble16Mark true fans can not booking the tickets by yourself?

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@Noble16Mark @KoreanHammer so sorry captian, I am real from china shanghai.The fake Korean only want the free ticke… https://t.co/RUuWzLzqto

The @Pierrex523 account has also been sharing several photos of @HammerStan meeting West Ham members and travels in the UK.

what an amazing day!!Thanks for our player,thanks for our rush green security,thanks to WHUFC .CHN to UK,no regrets… https://t.co/KQB4T2RSdW

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And then, after all of this played out, Noble ended up replying to the wrong tweet with "I'm sorry! Love to all my South Korean fans!"

Twitter: @Noble16Mark

Assemakis said he was "pissed off" that the stolen tweet was performing better than his own.

He added that in hindsight, his tweet was "probably quite offensive towards South Koreans and Asians and I didn't want to truly hurt anyone."

BuzzFeed News has also reached out to Noble's representatives for comment.

UPDATE

The user behind @LingWann_ later agreed to answer questions "since [BuzzFeed News] wanna lie in the article."

The user declined to give his name and age but gave his Twitter handle, which is @fsavfc.

@fsavfc told BuzzFeed News that he did it as a "harmless little joke" after his friend put Assemakis' tweet in a group chat.

"I didn't expect to get that many RTs or likes," he said. "I meant to no offense to Chinese, Korean or any other Asian."

He added that he has sent a DM to @HammerStan, saying that he would change the account if @HammerStan wanted him to.

"If I did cause offense, I apologize," he said.

Kassy Cho is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Kassy Cho at kassy.cho@buzzfeed.com.

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