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British Model Receives Death Threats On Twitter After Being Mistaken For Hapless Brazilian Footballer

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British model Marcello Ferri received a torrent of abuse online after Twitter users confused him with the Brazilian footballer who scored an own goal in the opening game of the World Cup.

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The fitness model, who lives in London, owns the Twitter handle @marcello and began receiving abuse after Brazil’s left-back Marcelo accidentally put the ball in his own net during the first half of last night’s match against Croatia.

He tried to tell Twitter they had the wrong person.

To all those hurling abuse at me for scoring an own goal, please re-direct your anger to @12MarceloV. Thank you

Marcello@Marcello

To all those hurling abuse at me for scoring an own goal, please re-direct your anger to @12MarceloV. Thank you

9:22 PM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But they didn't appear to get it.

Is this what it's like when a member of 1D tweets...

Marcello@Marcello

Is this what it's like when a member of 1D tweets... 😂

9:54 PM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The model took it all in good humour.

Please try and score in the right goal this half @12MarceloV.

Marcello@Marcello

Please try and score in the right goal this half @12MarceloV.

10:05 PM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

So when does the World Cup finish?

However, the tweets became more and more abusive.

I feel sorry for @12MarceloV's timeline right now... “@Koqology: I hope you die. @Marcello”

Marcello@Marcello

I feel sorry for @12MarceloV's timeline right now... “@Koqology: I hope you die. @Marcello”

9:47 PM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Ferri told the Evening Standard he wasn't even watching the match last night and was instead in the gym.

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?'I joked 'When will the World Cup end?' and someone responded 'When you die'.You have to take some of this stuff on the chin but some of this was going too far. Twitter should act to ban these people. They hide behind their keyboards but they need to be held to account.

He also revealed he has reported one Twitter user to police after receiving homophobic abuse.

All joking aside, it's a football GAME! When is @Twitter going to finally wake up and take action against online trolling?!

Marcello@Marcello

All joking aside, it's a football GAME! When is @Twitter going to finally wake up and take action against online trolling?!

11:16 PM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There's also the fact they don't look anything like each other. This is Marcello Ferri.

Thank you #TeamAdonis x “@AdonisCabaret: Vote for ADONIS Host @Marcello - http://t.co/ftJvE3WDfJ ”

Marcello@Marcello

Thank you #TeamAdonis x “@AdonisCabaret: Vote for ADONIS Host @Marcello - http://t.co/ftJvE3WDfJ ”

12:21 PM - 12 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Brazil went on to win last night's match 3-1 after two goals from Neymar and one by Chelsea midfielder Oscar.

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