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Becker congratulates Merkel on Nobel Prize
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Becker congratulates Merkel on Nobel Prize

Published: 13 Dec 2012 08:06 GMT+01:00
Updated: 13 Dec 2012 08:06 GMT+01:00

German tennis legend Boris Becker garnered outrage and ridicule on Twitter for congratulating Chancellor Angela Merkel for winning the Nobel Peace Prize - which was actually won by the EU. He said they were "practically" the same.

"Great admirer of Angela Merkel! I am very proud and becoming a patriot as she won the Nobel Peace Prize!!!", the grammatically-confused Becker tweeted on Monday night, sparking a furore among his over 140,000 followers.

When user Alf Steinbach pointed out that it was actually the European Union that won the prestigious award, not the German chancellor, Becker accused him of splitting hairs. "So practically her," the celebrity responded.

"I will become a patriot on the day that @Becker_Boris has his citizenship revoked for sheer unbelievable idiocy," another user tweeted back.

Several other Tweeters pointed out Becker's spelling and grammar errors and advised the tennis star to get himself a dictionary or a German course, with one user mocking him with, "I think he can do alphabet soup."

"Bare jealousy, resentment, and schadenfreude coming out of my mobile," Becker shot back. "Hahaha.. in London they say 'get a life'...", he added later.

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11:58 December 13, 2012 by chicagolive
Lets step back and ask is he really lying, I personally think not.
14:26 December 13, 2012 by raandy
Lying about what?,that he believes the Chancellor won the award instead of the EU. Perhaps he can not distinguish between the two.
17:35 December 13, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
He never was the brightest.
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