Entertainment Weekly

Subscribe

Stay Connected

Subscribe

Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content

Article

Stephen Colbert celebrates Iceland's Euro Cup win with Brexit jokes

Posted on

CBS

England has long been a global soccer powerhouse, which made their 2-1 defeat by Iceland in the Euro Cup tournament this week that much more exciting and unexpected. Well, exciting for Iceland fans, that is. England has other things to worry about at the moment. In Stephen Colbert’s words, the defeat was “the worst thing to happen to England in four days.”

Colbert had plenty more Brexit jokes where that came from. First, though, he took a moment to celebrate Iceland’s soccer commentator Gudmundur Benediktsson, who burst into barely-controlled glee when England missed their free kick in the game’s final moments, securing the victory for Iceland. After playing the audio clip of Benediktsson’s celebratory screaming, Colbert made sure to “assure my worried viewers that the announcer’s hand is not caught in a garbage disposal, nor is he dying in a particularly gruesome scene from Game of Thrones.” 

Colbert then accurately translated Benediktsson’s ranting, which included Brexit-related pokes at England: “Live the way you want, England. Iceland is going to play France on Sunday. Iceland, France, you can go home, you can go out of England, you can go wherever the hell you want.” (Although the English government has yet to invoke Article 50 and begin their withdrawal from the European Union, once they do so they will most likely lose some E.U. priviliges, such as easy travel between member states). 

Colbert concluded by noting that England’s manager Roy Hodgson resigned after the loss, much like Prime Minister David Cameron did after the Brexit vote. “Apparently, in England, ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ has become ‘F— This! I’m Outta Here!'”

Watch the clip below.