Some Twitter users have reacted to footballer Jamie Vardy smashing an LGBT corner flag after scoring a last-minute winner in a game by accusing the Leicester City forward of being ‘homophobic’.
After Vardy hit the back of the net he ran to the corner and demolished the rack holding the rainbow colored flag, which is currently displayed on pitches across the UK in a further measure of virtue signaling.
– Lyndio Sport (@LyndioSport) December 6, 2020
Many Twitter users responded by claiming the incident was an attack on gay men.
I might read a bit a lot about this, but Vardy never did this to a normal corner flag. As soon as it’s a corner flag supporting gay pride, it destroys it.
Send a horrible message. I am furious. pic.twitter.com/6ltMScHruf
– FauxniqueJenkins (@FauxniqueJ) December 6, 2020
Vardy’s disgusting behavior to show his feelings towards the LGBTQ community, knocking down their flag.
kick homophobic people like him out of the game 😡 https://t.co/nAl4qjaH66
– CFCLUI🚀 (@cfclui) December 6, 2020
And by your Carless Flag Breaking Act, you are now seen as a supporter of homophobic abuse, never have I seen so much homophobic hate online from an individual act of neglect. Well done Vardy! It’s the LGBT campaign in football and you portrayed yourself as ani 🏳️🌈 https://t.co/2p5YhZfRy6
– Amy Herriott (@AmzHerriott) December 7, 2020
I’m surprised I haven’t seen Vardy bring down the local flag as being homophobic.
It was a rainbow flag. A very homophobic thing to do.
– Voldemort Emeritus (@shey_drogo) December 7, 2020
I’m so happy Leicester are in the lead but Jamie Vardy breaks the corner flag as his rainbow feels vaguely homophobic
– melo (@qweenmess) December 6, 2020
Jamie Vardy gave me the homophobic vibe, just idk my feeling
– the beloved sinner of God ™ ️ / Echa (@raissajshdq) December 7, 2020
Honestly, I don’t think Vardy thought about it, but the people who hate us seem pretty happy he did.
It’s not too much to read there, and it’s incredibly insulting to suggest so much. pic.twitter.com/KHOG4iZ12V
– Grace Robertson 🏳️⚧️ (@GraceOnFootball) December 7, 2020
Many others responded by pointing out that Vardy was particularly excited as he scored a last minute winner against the team he hates most, Sheffield Utd, given he is a fan of rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
You don’t just read a little a lot about it, you read too much. He’s hit, slapped, and hit corner flags before with goal celebrations. And today he had just scored a last-minute winner against fierce rivals from his childhood team. Hope this helped you. https://t.co/89eMU2L8GR
– Mr. Geoff Peters (@mrgeoffpeters) December 6, 2020
people say Vardy broke the local flag because he’s homophobic? he did it because he beat rivals in his childhood teams and scored a late winner?
– KeYuN (@ Joober15) December 7, 2020
Vardy is apparently homophobic now because he broke a corner flag, let’s say nothing about that … pic.twitter.com/d6MLxMjLH7
– #SuperTommyBroadbent (@_jackstfc) December 7, 2020
Others have suggested that Vardy should make some sort of apology even if he didn’t mean to disparage LGBT people.
Yes, Vardy certainly had no intention of anything, but I hope he released a statement condemning the homophobic tweets surrounding this photo from fans. We really saw the ugly side of the beautiful game come out in full force.
– Callum 🐸 Calzum (@CalzumSSBM) December 7, 2020
Vardy is not homophobic (to my knowledge) but I think he needs to say something just to silence real homophobes who praise him for something he didn’t do
– James🥺 (@OrbButGood) December 6, 2020
Meanwhile, after some fans were allowed into stadiums for the first time, players taking a knee to honor Black Lives Matter ahead of the game’s kick-off were booed by some supporters in Millwall and West Ham.
Millwall booing the knee😐 pic.twitter.com/v3qfXRmf0Z
– Oliver⚒🎄 (@HammerzOliver) December 5, 2020
Arrested for what? To be right? https://t.co/TCcmn5j8U5
– Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) December 5, 2020
Both clubs immediately bowed and apologized despite the obvious fact that fans are booing a violent far-left political movement (BLM) and not booing black people.
“Why are football fans booing?” pic.twitter.com/oUTMopY8iR
– Jacob Barden (@JacobBardenUK) December 6, 2020
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