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Everyone In Spain Has Become Really Angry At This Very Confused Japanese Man

Leave @tas alone.

Posted on June 2, 2017, at 9:34 a.m. ET

On Thursday, a ban preventing Spanish football team Atlético Madrid from signing players until January 2018 was upheld by Court of Arbitration for Sport, or 'TAS' for short. It was a pretty big story in Spain.

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TAS is a mediation organization based in Switzerland. They are not Tasuku Okawa, editor of in Japan and owner of the @tas Twitter account.


Following the news Okawa was tweeted by numerous fans, thinking he was the organization. He tried to correct Atlético fans in a now viral tweet.

Señores,me llamo Tasuku y me llaman "TAS". No hagan los tweets poniendo @TAS porque ustedes me están matando!! jaja

Twitter: @tas

"Gentlemen, my name is Tasuku and they call me "TAS". Do not tweet with @TAS because you are killing me !! LOL"

Okawa told BuzzFeed News that he has received "dozens" of tweets from angry Spanish football fans. Okawa said the tweets started before the decision was announced, and quickly went from polite to "only offensive words."

"Behave yourself"

When people discovered what had happened, they found it pretty funny.


"hahahah I'm dead."

Some people just chose to blame Okawa anyway.

@tas Me debes una carrera y un mercado de fichajes

"You owe me a career and a transfer market."

And turn Okawa's tweet into a meme.

But, basically, people just wanted to acknowledge how politely he handed the situation.

"Are you god."

In the end, Okawa took the whole thing pretty well, "as a person who is dedicated to football information, this is perfect," he said.

This post was translated from Spanish.

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.