A nine-year-old Everton fan has fallen victim to a 'sinister' Twitter troll.

George Shaw, who has cerebral palsy, captured the hearts of tens of thousands at Goodison when he scored at half-time during the game against Swansea.

The youngster was awarded a trophy by manager Roberto Martinez at a Finch Farm press conference before Saturday’s game against West Bromwich Albion.

But within hours of getting the honour, a cruel Twitter troll was masquerading as George, setting up a profile and pretending to be him.

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The fake account, containing one extra digit than George’s actual web profile, even duped former Everton striker Peter Beardsley, who started following him.

Roberto Martinez presents Everton's goal of the month award to George Shaw.
Roberto Martinez presents Everton's goal of the month award to George Shaw.

Liverpool radio station City Talk also started following the fraudster, who managed to bag 503 Twitter followers, more than double George’s supporters.

The fake account posted pictures of George holding his award at home, and sitting with Blues players Barkley, Aaron Lennon and Kevin Mirallas.

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The troll wrote: “What a day, best day of my life,” and even tweeted the real George, accusing him of having a fake profile.

Many have slammed the troll’s actions.

Young Everton fan and George Shaw, who has cerebral palsy, scored a goal at Goodison Park after an invitation from Gerard Deulofeu
Young Everton fan and George Shaw, who has cerebral palsy, scored a goal at Goodison Park after an invitation from Gerard Deulofeu

Emma Shaw, his 37-year-old mum, told our sister paper the Liverpool Echo: “I find it sinister.

“I worry when its kids who are being targeted. The family just want it taken down.

“It’s not right for anyone to masquerade as somebody else.”

Everton has promised the Shaw family they will try and contact Twitter to get the fake profile removed.

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Dave Shaw, George’s dad, and an Academy goalkeeper coach at Tranmere Rovers, has also supported calls for the troll to stop posing as his son.

Olivia Shaw, 14, who set up her younger brother’s Twitter account, urged those on social media to report the person responsible.

She added: “This person is not my little brother and is upsetting our family.”

George Shaw meets Gerard Deulofeu after being presented the Everton goal of the month award at Finch Farm on February 11, 2016 in Halewood, England. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

Mum-of-two Emma added: “Aside from this, we’ve been overwhelmed by what’s been done for George, it’s more than we ever anticipated.

“It’s been amazing. His little face has been beaming all day long.”

George came to the attention of Everton’s winger Gerard Deulofeu when the Spaniard spotted a video of the youngster showing off his football skills while wearing his No 19 shirt.

Picking up the trophy, George told reporters: “It’s just great, all the support I’ve had from my family and friends, it’s just brilliant.

Young Everton fan and cerebral palsy sufferer George Shaw scored a goal at Goodison Park after an invitation from Gerard Deulofeu. Photo by James Maloney

“I never thought I’d get a trophy, it’s just amazing having something to show to people.”

Martínez said of the nine-year-old: “Everything started in George’s head and that is what impresses me the most. He dreamed of scoring a goal at the Gwladys Street end and started practising with his dad in his back garden.

“He showed there is never a reason or excuse to give up your dream. The players have been touched by the story. They saw the clips wearing Gerard Deulofeu’s top and Geri could not wait to prepare a little present for him.”