Disgruntled Brazil fans reeling from the hurt of their 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany aren’t looking at David Luiz or Felipe Scolari as the main cause of their self-destruction, instead they are deflecting blame on Sir Mick Jagger.
Rolling Stone to blame
That’s right, the lead singer of the Rolling Stones is being subjected to abuse on social media after he allegedly jinxed the host nation prior to their final four encounter.
After backing the wrong horse on several occasions, the 70-year-old frontman is being blamed for the drubbing after lending his support before the shock scoreline was recorded.
According to The Sun, Jagger has joked: “I can take responsibility for the first German goal but not the other six!”
But it isn’t necessarily a laughing matter, as the Englishman has become a target for despondent Brazilians to have a pop at via social media.
After being in the crowd at the game in Belo Horizonte, he is now referred to as 'pé frio' which translates as ‘cold foot’, implying he is a jinx.
Luciana Giminez, the mother of Jagger’s son, Lucas, has taken to Instagram to defend the knight of the realm. The Brazilian model has appealed to her compatriots to curtail their ‘cyber bullying’.
But this isn’t the first time that the rock star has been in support of a losing team at a World Cup. In 2010, he seemingly followed national teams around like a bad smell.
He witnessed the USA lose to Ghana, in the company of former President, Bill Clinton, before watching Brazil’s quarter-final elimination to the Netherlands, and being present for England’s embarrassing 4-1 defeat to Germany.
His losing streak has continued four years later, with him utilising social media to wish his country luck ahead of their group stage defeats to both Italy and Uruguay.
It will be interesting to see if this so called bad luck charm can transcend other sports as well. The avid cricket aficionado could potentially do Alastair Cook and his side a favour by proclaiming a series win for India.
Superstitious Brazilians have attempted to turn the curse on its head by super-imposing Jagger’s head onto cardboard cut-outs.
However, in spite of speech bubbles cheering on Germany, and one of him in an Argentina shirt, both sides have progressed through to the final.
Punters would do well to back the opposing team to whoever the Stones frontman predicts will win Sunday’s final.
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