How One Indie Singer Trolled The Football WorldBy George Marsden
Transfer deadline day. A day that Britain's football fans collectively lose their shit, to focus all their attention on sports journos furiously speculative tweets and make sweeping generalisations about the futures of their fav players. Evidently, Los Campesinos! frontman, Gareth Paisey, picked up on this and thought it'd be an excellent day to abuse that massive verified tick on his Twitter account to troll the football internetz. With a quick profile pic change and the confidence that enraged footie fans probably aren't going to be the type to investigate if tweets are actually from the singer from a gentle indie band, he got away with posing as respected football journalist Martin Samuel.
He's since owned up, though not before gleefully pointing out the fruits of his Twitter troll game:
STATS: over 2,500 RTs. Trending #1 (Reina to Arsenal) and #9 (Martin Samuel) in the UK, #4 Worldwide. Gained over 2,000 (temp) followers :)— Gareth David (@grthdvd) January 31, 2013
So, I rang Gareth up to A) give him a slap on the back B) ask him why he did it.
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