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An image of a heartbroken young fan from Germany during Euro 2020 brought out the worst in some football fans.
The little girl was seen on TV screens hugging her father and crying, in Germany’s 2-0 defeat in the round of 16 to England on Wednesday morning (AEST).
As the reality of the situation on her side sank, the girl was completely devastated.
However, empathy was sorely lacking in the minds of thousands of English football fans who ridiculed the child on social media, while making a meme of his devastation.
“Never in my life have I been more proud to be English than when I heard a pub full of people bursting with joy after seeing a 10 year old German woman cry in a crowd,” the YouTube star wrote. Jack Carl Dean on Twitter.
Elsewhere on social media, the abuse of the girl was much more cruel.
It sparked a backlash from many on social media, with some also criticizing English fans who booed the German national anthem ahead of kick-off.
“Twitter inundated with ‘grown men’ mocking the photo of a young German girl crying, after enjoying booing the German national anthem,” wrote British journalist Alastair Campbell.
“Grace in defeat is a very special quality. Grace in victory should be much easier.
The disturbing anthem of the gaffe broadcaster
Meanwhile, Dutch public broadcaster NPO has apologized for mistakenly captioning the German national anthem with Nazi-era text when it was played before the team’s defeat at the Euro 2020 against England in London.
NPO’s captioning department’s Twitter account says “the wrong verse was accidentally shown” and apologized to viewers who were offended by the mistake.
“During the live captioning of the German national anthem during the England-Germany European Championship match, the wrong verse was posted in error,” NPO said on Twitter.
“It was a mistake by one of our captioners. We apologize to viewers who were disturbed by this. “
The verse beginning with “Deutschland, Deutschland ueber alles” was abandoned in post-war Germany in 1945 due to its association with Hitler’s Nazi regime.
It includes the lyrics “Germany, foremost, foremost in the world” – a line that summed up Hitler’s ambitions for world domination.