Best of Overreaction Theatre: Suarez, technology and Piers Morgan’s woeful predictions

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Grab a hankie. With just one day left of the World Cup, it’s time for a tearful recap of the greatest tweets from the Brazil finals.

From Luis Suarez having a chew on an opponent’s shoulder to Jonathan Pearce’s bewilderment at goalline technology, the action in South America has resulted in a glorious amount of ill-advised and amusing posts from the social media brigade.

Where better to start our round-up than the less-than-prophetic Piers Morgan who made a string of catastrophic predictions ahead of Brazil’s semi-final with Germany.

Sadly for Mr Morgan, David Luiz was Germany’s best player and Fred refused to move from the centre-circle.

At least David Luiz had the chance to redeem himself with an influential performance in the third place play-off.

Unfortunately, the defender starred for the opposition again as his inexplicable darts forward and woeful decision-making helped the Dutch to a 3-0 win. Cue more Twitter fun.

Luis Suarez failed to prove he was a reformed human when he forced his teeth into Giorgio Chiellini’s shoulder – an incident which landed him a four-month ban from all football-related activity.

The go-to place in moments like this is @RAWK_Meltdown, which collates the most 'out there' reactions from Liverpool fan forums. They had a field day.

It’s unlikely the fans care quite as much now, given Liverpool are set to pocket a tasty £75 million for the Uruguayan from Barcelona.

So what exactly can the striker bound for Camp Nou do over the next few months? Not much according to Twitter.

Then there was poor BBC commentator Jonathan Pearce, who completely lost it when the referee deferred to goalline technology to award a goal to France. Below is an extract of the conversation with his co-commentator Martin Keown

Pearce: “Well look at the boos and the Honduran players. And look at this again. We’ve seen so many spurious goal line technology replays. And it signals no goal! No goal has gone up on the screen. The fans have heard it, the Honduran players have seen it.”

Keown: “But it’s a goal there..”

Pearce: “Oh goodness me. They've changed their minds now. Does goal line technology work or doesn’t it?”


Very amusing stuff. Who would be a commentator though? The guy made one mistake (albeit repeatedly…)

Back to the football, and we saw a rather interesting free-kick routine from the Germans which featured an allegedly planned slip from goal machine Thomas Mueller.

Elsewhere, Ian Wright got scarily patriotic in response to Harry Redknapp’s claims that England players shirked international duty.

Where to begin? Perhaps the first place is the notion that parents whose children have been killed in active duty might perhaps not want to hear from a footballer about how he doesn't want to play for England.

That’s it. Our journey from Morgan to Wright has run its course.

However, we’re missing one vital ingredient that’s crucial to any World Cup round-up: a quick recap of England’s woes. Well, it’s our pleasure to leave you with the greatest six second video from the entire tournament.

Enjoy.

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