#NIRGER? UEFA game one letter off from racial slur rage-trends
The game, held in Belfast, was “one mistake away from controversy,” as many social media users pointed out. Having gotten prematurely enraged, some let fly on Twitter anyway, poking fun at themselves.
Others pointed out it could have been worse - a matchup between the African nation of Nigeria and Germany would result in the actual slur, a fact that made the ‘Accidental Racism’ section of Reddit.
Saw #NIRGER Trending and was about to get pissed... then I looked at the hashtag again (phew)— Max (@JeanMax_Jr) September 9, 2019
And Then I saw why
Northern Ireland is playing Germany
Now what would the hashtag be for
Nigeria Playing Germany
Go ahead. I dare ya.
I Triple Dog Dare Ya! pic.twitter.com/UJExkVWquo
Others chided the game for not picking a less provocative title.
There were social media users who actually tweeted about the game, but they were vastly outnumbered.
Germany ended up beating Northern Ireland 2-0.
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