Overreaction Theatre can't quite get our head round why a human being would take the time to call up to carp about the slight lack of inflection in someone's commentary, but we can be pretty sure that not as many will pick up the phone to register their discontent with Mark Lawrenson's 'quip' during Argentina's win over Switzerland.
In the first half Swiss forward Josip Drmic ran through on goal, but could only muster a weak shot that was easily saved by Argentina keeper Sergio Romero. Lawrenson remarked that: “He should've put a skirt on.”
Casual sexism? Perhaps another thing to add to good old Lawro's canon. We've checked, and it turns out it isn't 1952. Lawro's remark - whether jokey or not - didn't go down well.
Last week we had Mark Lawrenson being personally rude about a players appearance; now we hear what sounds like a v.sexist comment @BBCSport
— Natasha Henry (@NatashaSHenry) July 1, 2014
Lawro after a weak shot on BBC: "He should put a skirt on" And that is why he's an archaic irrelevance that has no place on the TV. — Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) July 1, 2014
We could be very close to the amazing spectacle of Mark Lawrenson being forced to explain one of his jokes.
— Football Clichés (@FootballCliches) July 1, 2014
Is there any way of knocking Mark Lawrenson out of this World Cup? — Sachin Nakrani (@SachinNakrani) July 1, 2014
Imagine spending a night in the pub with Townsend and Lawrenson. Actually, don't, it's too awful to contemplate.
— Michael Hann (@MichaelAHann) July 1, 2014
Imagine the comments Mark Lawrenson makes when he thinks the microphone is turned OFF. — Bankrupt (@bankruptspurs) July 1, 2014
Lawrenson wasn't the only one who had a bad game, for until he scored their late winner, Angel di Maria wasn't exactly a powerhouse in midfield for Argentina.
And the nadir of his performance came when he attempted a 'rabona' cross, which skewed out of play rather badly. Cue, ridicule:
Di Maria pulled off the rabona once. He is just milking it now — Joe (@JoeShineAFC) July 1, 2014
I have a feeling Di Maria's shooting would be more accurate if he just shot using a rabona all the time like he does with his crosses. — Rhys Montanarello (@TNC_Rhys) July 1, 2014
And the award for the dumbest move of the World Cup goes to Di Maria's rabona.
— Shaul Adar (@ShaulAdar) July 1, 2014
Switzerland keeper Diego Benaglio also had people talking thanks to his rather eccentric display right at the end of the game when he went upfield for Switzerland and even attempted an overhead kick.
3 - the number of touches by Diego Benaglio in the Argentinean half, including one in the box. Renegade. pic.twitter.com/ZyZRQurXh8
— OptaJean (@OptaJean) July 1, 2014
Ok they hit the post but DID BENAGLIO JUST TRY A BICYCLE KICK? — Tom Victor (@tomvictor) July 1, 2014
The later game between Belgium and USA was interrupted by a pitch invader, who the security guards didn't seem all that keen to deal with in a hurry.
Security slower than Mertesacker was last night. — Liam Happe (@liamhappe) July 1, 2014
Of course the TV commentators greeted it with a rousing chorus of 'We don't like to see that', but it actually looks like he wasn't a mindless buffoon, but a man making a pretty good point...
Meanwhile, as USA went 2-0 down, this scene was spotted in the White House:
"PREPARE THE DRONES" pic.twitter.com/yT0wXi2YDc
— BenchWarmers (@BenchWarmersCOM) July 1, 2014
And there were a couple of other decent tweets relating to the action on the pitch...
De Bruyne was good in Breaking Bad. pic.twitter.com/trpBrCSZAG
— Darren Richman (@darrenrichman) July 1, 2014
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