Chile-Argentina qualifier heats up with UK ambassador reference to the Falklands
In an anticipation of Tuesday’s qualifier between Argentina and Chile for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, UK ambassador in Chile Jon Benjamin got muddled in a “twitter incident” involving the Falklands/Malvinas for which later he had to apologize.
In effect in what can be described as a non diplomatic intervention Ambassador Benjamin twitted “Which are the Islands that were taken from whom and, what was the reason? Maybe I’ll find out this Tuesday at (Santaigo’s) National Stadium? I already have my ticket!”.
Ambassador Benjamín was referring to an aggressive chant from Chilean fans whenever they play the Argentines which basically says: “Argentine faggots, you lost the Malvinas Islands because you’re a bunch of dumb assholes”
However following the stir caused by his words, Ambassador Benjamin apologized and said it was a direct and private message never intended to become public, it only happened by mistake.
“I apologize for having offended with a private DM (direct message) which I published by mistake. I have great appreciation for my Argentine friends and great respect for their national team”, was Benjamin’s apology in his @zjonBenjami19.
The Argentine media picked the story and asks whether the UK ambassador will join the Chilean fans in dedicating the Malvinas song to the visiting Argentine national team.