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Fri Apr 18 05:02:00 SAST 2014

'KP Genius' fesses up

TEAMtalk Media | 14 August, 2012 12:230 Comments
England v South Africa: 2nd Investec Test - Day Four
Kevin Pietersen of England leaves the field after being dismissed by Morne Morkel of South Africa during day four of the second test at Headingley on August 5, 2012 in Leeds, England
Image by: Gareth Copley / Getty Images

An England fan followed by several cricketers on Twitter has claimed responsibility for the Kevin Pietersen parody account on the social networking site.

Richard Bailey sports England seamers Tim Bresnan and Stuart Broad, former captain Michael Vaughan and limited-overs internationals Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler among his followers on the site.

He alleges he was behind the spoof Twitter account - 'KP Genius' - criticising Pietersen's personality in the third person, which was shut down after the England batsman expressed displeasure that some of his team-mates followed it.

"Yes the parody was me. It was for humour purposes only and as soon as I realised it was upsetting people i took it down," Bailey revealed on Twitter. "No professional cricketers were involved in it. I apologise if I upset anyone. It's not the business I'm in.

"I would also like to apologise to anyone I know involved with England Cricket who I may have put in an awkward or embarrassing position. At the end of the day I'm an England Cricket fan. When I saw it was potentially causing harm & upsetting folk, I shut it down."

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