Sunday, 17 Jan 2021

British Airways outrages the Welsh by wishing England good luck

British Airways outrages the Welsh by wishing England good luck ahead of today’s rugby match

  • British Airways has outraged Welsh rugby fans by wishing England good luck
  • Airline has a sponsorship arrangement with England Rugby and tweeted today
  • The tweet read: ‘Good Luck to the England Rugby team against Wales today’

British Airways has outraged Welsh rugby fans by wishing England good luck ahead today’s match between the two sides forcing them to apologise and delete the post. 

The airline, which has a sponsorship arrangement with England Rugby, sent luck to England via Twitter on Saturday morning ahead of their Autumn Nations Cup fixture against Wales in Llanelli later in the day.

The tweet, which was subsequently deleted, read: ‘Good Luck to the England Rugby team against Wales today.’

British Airways has outraged Welsh rugby fans by wishing England good luck ahead today’s match between the two sides forcing them to apologise and delete the post. Pictured: Wales’ Lloyd Williams in training 

The message, which also contained a short video, irked many Wales fans, who voiced their displeasure on social media.

Welsh health minister Vaughan Gething tweeted: ‘Good way to annoy 3m+ potential customers.’

Labour MP Chris Bryant described the airline as ‘utter divots’ and added: ‘How is this right?’

The tweet, which was subsequently deleted, read: ‘Good Luck to the England Rugby team against Wales today’

Welsh BBC News presenter Huw Edwards joked: ‘I love @easyJet.’

Meanwhile the phrase ‘English Airways’ trended on Twitter as some Wales fans suggested the airline should rebrand.

One fan tweeted: ‘Excuse me??? I take it you’re rebranding yourselves as ‘English Airways’ then? WTF?’ 

The message, which also contained a short video, irked many Wales fans, who voiced their displeasure on social media

YesCymru, the campaign for Welsh independence, tweeted: ‘To be clear, even when Wales becomes independent, it will still be a constituent part of the island of Britain.

‘Your brand isn’t ‘UK Airways,’ it’s ‘British Airways.’

‘Regardless, we’ve had enough of this unequal, broken ‘union.”

BA, which is the official airline partner of England Rugby, apologised for having ‘strayed offside’ with the message. Pictured: England’s Maro Itoje during a training session 

BA, which is the official airline partner of England Rugby, apologised for having ‘strayed offside’ with the message.

A statement from the airline read: ‘We are proud sponsors of England Rugby but on this occasion we unintentionally strayed offside, for which we are sorry.’

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