Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Collymore sparks new Twitter storm over Falkland Islands

Former Villa star Stan Collymore has been branded "disrespectful" and "ignorant" in a Twitter row over the Falklands.

The £7 million striker found himself in his second Twitter row in 48 hours after claiming Britain "thieved" ownership of the South Atlantic outpost.

He added: "What glory, what triumph.

"A f****** island with sheep. Rule Britannia."

Collymore was accused of "offending thousands" with the tweet, which also sparked anger among comrades of soldiers killed in the 1982 war.

The @falklands_urd Twitter account called his comment "disrespectful, ignorant and sad".

And the official Twitter feed of the Falkland Islands Government added: "Very disappointed to hear Mr Collymore’s views on the #Falklands, factually incorrect and hurtful."

The former England forward, now a Talksport radio pundit, insisted he not been disrespectful to Britain’s war dead.

Defending himself, he tweeted: "Not one mention of 1982, not one mention of our soldiers, navy or airmen, not one mention of Argentina.

"No mention of the 20th century!!"

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