Claim: A screen shot from a World Cup match shows team country codes spelling out a racial pejorative.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, June 2010]
Did ESPN really show this during a game vs Niger and Germany in a world cup one year?
Origin:This purported screen shot from a football (i.e. soccer) match televised by ESPN, in which the country code for Niger and Germany combine to spell out a notorious racial pejorative, was circulated on the Internet during the 2010 FIFA World Cup and again during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Although this image is sometimes said to represent a match between Nigeria and Germany, the flag displayed on the left-hand side and the country code NIG both represent the country of Niger, not Nigeria. The screen shot itself is clearly not a real depiction of a televised match between those two countries' national teams, because not only did Germany not play a match against Niger during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but not once in the last
In the unlikely event of these two teams' meeting each other in a World Cup match, most likely the order of display for the two nations' country codes would be reversed (i.e., to spell out GER NIG rather than a common racial pejorative).
Last updated: 30 July 2016
Originally published: 25 June 2014