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Did The Simpsons 'Predict' England's Loss and Violence in Euro 2020 Final?

The Simpsons / Twitter.

The Simpsons / Twitter.

The sight of the burning UK flag was tweeted by 'The Simpsons' fan account on Twitter after England lost the Euro 2020 final 3-2 in the penalties against Italy.

The Simpsons‘ may have predicted England’s epic loss and the violence that broke out after they lost to Italy in the Euro 2020 final clash on Sunday. Take Episode 19, Season 6 into consideration. The episode, “Lisa’s Wedding," chronicles the journey of Lisa who is told by the fortune-teller about her future (15 years in 2010) love life with Hugh Parkfield from London. Hugh visits Lisa’s home where dad Homer gives a glimpse of “US hospitality" and accidentally burns the British flag while welcoming him. Hugh is embarrassed and doesn’t get along with the Simpsons family and the wedding is eventually called off after Lisa chooses family over Hugh.

The sight of the burning UK flag in the eyes of Hugh was tweeted by a Simpsons fan on Twitter after England lost the Euro 2020 final 3-2 in the penalty shootout against Italy.

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But things got ugly in the reality.

Bukayo Saka, along with Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho, the three black players were racially abused online for missing the penalty kicks for England in the decisive shootout against Italy.

Violence by English fans was reported ahead and after the match as ugly scenes from Wembley Stadium flooded Twitter. From vandalism to racial abuse to physically attacking the opponent fans, a lot unfolded post-final, reported several media outlets.

While the UK flag (or England’s flag for that matter) wasn’t on literal fire as the “meme" from The Simpsons suggested, pretty much everything else done by a few English fans online or offline may have undone their team’s glorious journey to the finals of Euro 2020, felt many. The Simpsons “meme" had earlier appeared in 2016 during the Brexit referendum.

“We’re disgusted that some of our squad – who have given everything for the shirt this summer – have been subjected to discriminatory abuse online after tonight’s game," the official Twitter account of England tweeted.

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first published:July 12, 2021, 13:50 IST