Dan Walker: BBC Breakfast host causes ‘carnage’ on social media with sarcastic comment

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Dan Walker often has his fun and games on Twitter, and yesterday was no different. The 44-year-old left his followers confused after posting a sarcastic tweet to do with England playing Hungary in the 2020 Euros, with many unsure what he was referring to.

Social media + sarcasm = carnage

Dan Walker

On Wednesday evening it was Hungary v Germany and Portugal v France, in what were two very touch and go matches that had fans on the edge of the seats.

With the Germany’s late equaliser bringing the final score between the two teams to a 2-2 draw, it meant that they will now be playing England on Tuesday 29 June.

Despite the draw, it left Dan thinking of time Hungary defeated our nation spectacularly, in a match that went down in history.

Taking to Twitter, Dan penned a sarcastic remark in what appears to be about about the time England were thrashed in the 1953 match between England and Hungary, also known as the Match of the Century.

Hungary were then the world’s number one ranked team, on a run of 24 unbeaten games.

They won 6–3 and the result led to a review of the training and tactics used by the England team, and the subsequent adoption of continental practices at an international and club level in the English game.

With this in mind, he wrote: “Can’t wait to play Hungary at Wembley.

‘I can’t think of any time in history when England have underestimated the Hungarians at Wemb…” he promptly finished his tweet, in a nod seemingly towards the fact we had done just that back in 1953.

But as many may know, sarcasm doesn’t always travel well on social media, especially in the case of one of his followers.

They replied: “What about 1953 when they thrashed England 6-3 Dan at Wembley and then in Hungary 7-2, fantastic players Puskas and Hidegkuti.

“Proper television black and white, one of the great football teams.”

Aware how his comment could have been taken as a serious one, Dan then reposted the exchange on Instagram, stating that he had caused “carnage” with his satire.

Another fan pointed out: “I know @mrdanwalker’s scarcasm is difficult to spot at times but even I got that one.”

Others were also left confused at his post, wondering who England would be playing on Tuesday.

The quick fire goals from all teams involved on Wednesday kept changing the standings in the group, and in some cases it was too much for people to keep up with.

At the time Dan’s tweet was posted, England were set to play Portugal, with one use sharing their confusion at the BBC Breakfast presenter’s post.

Aren’t England playing Portugal at the moment? I’m so confused,” they sighed.

While another added: “It’s Portugal now Dan, keep up!”

As it stands, England will be playing Germany on Tuesday’s match, which will start at 5pm on BBC.

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