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July 9, 2014

Backlash after rape jokes flood Twitter over World Cup defeat

'Rape of Brazil' used to describe Germany's defeat of Brazil in the semi-finals.

Willian of Brazil reacts after the 1-7 defeat in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Semi Final match between Brazil and Germany on July 8, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. (FIFA/Getty, Alex Livesy)

Graphic posts of sexual violence spread online after Brazil's World Cup semi-final loss to Germany on Tuesday. The match was the most discussed sports event ever on Twitter, with football fans sending out 35.6 million tweets. 

Many online described Brazil's defeat as 'rape' by Germany.


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