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Dirty Tackle

Angry fan throws taffy at South Korean players upon their return from World Cup

Dirty Tackle

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South Korea finished last in World Cup group H with one draw and two losses. It was a disappointing, but not entirely unexpected, way to go out. And one fan was apparently angry enough about it to throw taffy at the players upon their return home.

The phrase "go eat a taffy" is apparently an insult in Korea, roughly equivalent to "get lost" or "screw you." So that's what the fan was trying to express as he threw actual taffies at the morose players while they were lined up for photographers in the airport. But on the bright side: free candy is free candy.

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Plus, it's far better to have individually wrapped sweets thrown at you than rotten tomatoes — which are what hit the Italian national team at the airport after they were knocked out of the 1966 World Cup by North Korea.

South Korea coach Hong Myung-bo blamed his own "deficiency as a coach" for the team's shortcomings. But this might have just been an excuse to keep all the candy for himself.

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