Twitter fail: UK ambassador offends Argentina

Britain's ambassador to Chile has said sorry after sending a tweet to his thousands of followers which mocked Argentina and its Falklands War defeat.

Britain's Ambassador to Chile Jon Benjamin
Britain's Ambassador to Chile Jon Benjamin Credit: Reuters

Jon Benjamin sent the message after securing a ticket for the World Cup qualifier between Chile and Argentina.

But he referred to a football chant, sometimes used by Chilean fans, which describes Argentinians as "cowards".

Tweeting in Spanish he asked: "Which islands did they take off who and for being what?"

The offending comment - which was reportedly meant to be sent as a private message - has been removed from the site.

Our ambassador to Chile appears to have inadvertently caused some controversy in a tweet. He has deleted it.

– Foreign and Commonwealth spokesman