When an American football player messes up, fans get angry. When a European football player messes up, fans get really angry.
That’s exactly what happened to Italian footballer Mario Balotelli after the star Liverpool player missed his shot by a mile—or perhaps it’s better to say a kilometer.
Liverpool fans on Twitter have not been the most civil in expressing their grief.
— The Red Devils (@TheRedDeviIs) October 19, 2014
“Wanna hear a joke?” . . . . “Balotelli.” pic.twitter.com/GxrXaLGHd5
— MS19 (@mikesanz19) October 19, 2014
— Elijah (@eliejar) October 20, 2014
Amazingly, that wasn’t the most embarrassing part of the match. That would be the own goal where QPR defenders Richard Dunne and Steven Caulker diverted a ball straight into their net.
So yes, Liverpool still ended up winning 3-2, but again, when European football fans get angry, it’s like nothing else seen in professional sports fandom. Granted, Liverpool did spend £16 million pounds to sign the guy, so it’s easy to see why some fans are upset with his performance.
H/T Metro | Screengrab via YouTube video