Mexican soccer team Atlas FC has been slammed online for strangely using a quote from Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels to defend a controversial MLS refereeing call.
Atlas sent the tweet at 9:37 a.m. ET and has yet to delete it. The post drew a backlash from Mexican soccer fans Newstimesuk.com provides all the latest international sports news.
In one of the most outlandish and damning defenses of a referee’s decision, Mexican soccer team Atlas FC posted a tweet that quoted Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels.
During the team’s League Cup match against New York City FC, a video assistant referee review deemed NYCFC’s late tying goal to be offside and Atlas ruled it off the board in a 1–0 win.
A Mexican YouTuber named Gabo Montiel – alternatively known as Werevertumoro – criticized the overturned decision while citing a perceived history of questionable calls made in favor of Atlas in Liga MX games.
‘Today they helped Atlas and they will say: wasn’t the refereeing against the MX League?’ I swear to you that can influence a lot of people’s opinions… Do you remember when everything went in favor of Atlas in Ligamox until people started pointing it out and favor disappeared out of nowhere? Well, something happened today,’ Montiel’s tweet read.
Despite not tagging the club in his statement, Atlas saw this and decided to respond – tagging Werewolf – and employing a Goebbels quote in their defence.
Atlas FC decides to defend controversial call quoting Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels
The tweet paraphrases Goebbels’ quote ‘Lie, lie. If you tell a big lie and keep repeating it, people will eventually believe it.’
‘This shot is crystal clear,’ the tweet read in Spanish. ‘The offside is in the first play. It is unfortunate how “influentials” and media “analysts” exploit and create the concepts of ‘deemed aid’.
But remembering what Nazi Information Minister (Hitler’s right-hand man) Goebbels said is perfectly applicable: “Lies, lies. [and it will] The bigger the lie, the more people will believe it.” @werevertumorro.’
Shocked, Montiel tweeted back. ‘Have you ever done anything like this? Do you remember any team tweeting like this? Answering an ‘influencer’ (so they say)… and quoting a Nazi? I never thought of myself as an influencer but fancy influencing an organization that is juggling so much.’
The tweet remained at the time of publication and generated reactions of confusion and shock.
One soccer journalist wrote, ‘I’m shocked it’s still two hours later and nobody at @AtlasFC sees the problem with a tweet that not only mentions Goebbels but also (Hitler’s right hand man)… crazy…’
The Tennessean’s Drake Hills wrote, ‘Nazi information minister quote for offside call. It’s the League Cup (?)’
ESPN’s Mexico soccer writer Cesar Hernandez said, ‘I’m very, very, very, very (very) surprised that Atlas hasn’t deleted this tweet yet.
Newsday’s Ryan Garbosi wrote, ‘Atlas admin referring to Goebbels and Nazill *who was in his way* while complaining about the reaction to the offside call was not on my #LeaguesCup bingo card.’
Social media was shocked to see the offending tweet and it was not deleted
Jeff Rueter of the Athletics said, ‘Can’t believe we had to make this clear, but there is no event on the football field that will ever compare to the Holocaust.’
Mexican fans were also shocked by the tweet and its response, with one saying, ‘In which semester of communication (school) [are you taught] To associate your brand with the Third Reich?’
Another said: ‘And there was no way to explain it other than quoting the Nazis on Monday before noon?’
Atlas plays in the city of Guadalajara – which boasts the country’s second-largest Jewish population behind the capital, Mexico City.
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