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The ‘child’ who went viral after being filmed smoking at a charity soccer game is reportedly actually 36

The ‘child’ who went viral after being filmed smoking at a charity soccer game is reportedly actually 36

A "child" who was filmed smoking during a charity soccer match in Turkey is actually 36, local media have reported, according to The Sun.

BeIN Sports viewers watching Fenerbahce take on Bursaspor on Monday were given quite the surprise when the camera panned to a show what looked like a young boy puffing away on a cigarette.

Footage of the youthful-looking fan toking away next to his "friend" at the Crocodile Arena Stadium quickly went viral after it was shared on Twitter.

However, it didn't take long for the internet to be corrected for its error.

The smoking "child" was reportedly quickly tracked down and identified by the owner of an Instagram soccer fan account as a man approaching his 40s, who had apparently taken his son to watch the game for some father-son bonding.

A photo of the man was shared to the acount's 160,000 followers:

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Business Insider has yet to independently verify the age of the man in the video.

However, if true, it was a good day at the office for the man, who has not been named, who not only managed to secure himself 15 minutes of internet fame, but also saw his side, Bursaspor, emerge 2-1 over Super Lig champion Fenerbahce.

Burak Altiparmak opened the scoring for Bursaspor early on as he capitalized on a poor back pass from Fenerbahce's Serdar Aziz.

Burak Kapacak then made it 2-0 to the hosts on the stroke of half time, before Mevlut Erdinc hit a late consolation goal for Fenerbahce in the 86th minute.

The match was being held to help raise money for organizations that fight against cancer and foundations that support children with special needs.

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