A man whose mobile number was inadvertently shared on Twitter by football pundit Jamie Carragher has said he “panicked” when he was inundated with thousands of messages.
Carragher tweeted a seemingly random number in a bid to mock his Sky Sports sparring partner Gary Neville – which happened to be Scott Forsyth’s.
Mr Forsyth said: “My phone has not stopped ringing.”
Carragher has been contacted for a response by the BBC.
Mr Forsyth said he had received hundreds of calls and thousands of WhatsApp messages since Carragher’s post on Sunday.
Neville missed a clear-cut chance in a legends rematch of Manchester United’s 1999 Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
Ex-Liverpool defender Carragher tweeted that he was in Turkey and wanted someone to send him a clip of the miss via WhatsApp.
He then posted a mobile number, sparking the deluge of calls and messages to Mr Forsyth.
Mr Forsyth, from Wylam in the Tyne Valley, told the BBC: “I was driving home and my phone wouldn’t stop ringing and I started panicking thinking it was some kind of virus.
“I was expecting to hear by phone if I had been successful in getting a job as I had been to an interview.
“I have no way of contacting these people so I’m just hoping they email me.”
He added: “I answered one of the calls and someone asked if I was on Twitter – I checked Twitter and that’s when I realised what was going on.
“I’ve had people asking me for Champions League final tickets and others asking if my Geordie accent is real.”
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Some Liverpool fans who thought the number belonged to Neville, and United fans who assumed it was Carragher’s, “haven’t been nice”, according to Mr Forsyth.
He added: “Part of me is annoyed but part of me can see the funny side.”
Mr Forsyth said he had received about 54 calls an hour and a total of 50,000 WhatsApp messages before the tweet was deleted.
But he then received a fresh wave of calls when screenshots were shared on Facebook.
Mr Forsyth said he had not received any apology from Carragher.
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