BRITISH AIRWAYS apologised for ‘straying offside’ after tweeting support for England’s rugby union side ahead of their clash against Wales.
Owen Farrell captains England against Wales from inside centre after last week’s victory over Ireland[/caption]
And the Red Rose’s official airline partner BA had tweeted a good luck message in advance of kick-off.
It read: “Good luck to the England rugby team against Wales today.”
But as ‘English Airways’ began trending on Twitter, the airline deleted the post and issued an apology.
It said: “We are proud sponsors of England Rugby but on this occasion we unintentionally strayed offside, for which we are sorry.”
BA does not fly from Wales but does employ around 900 staff at three different sites in the country.
The initial tweet drew fury from Welsh fans and celebs alike.
Wales’ health minister Vaughan Gething commented: “Good way to annoy 3m+ potential customers.”
BBC News presenter Huw Edwards jokingly tweeted: “I love @easyJet.”
Wales lost 33-30 at Twickenham in their last clash with England in the Six Nations before the pandemic[/caption]
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And journalist Julia Hartley-Brewer noted the backlash by commenting: “Spare a thought today for the @British_Airways social media team’s notifications.”
One fan fumed: “British Airways wishing England luck against Wales in the rugby today is better than any other advert I’ve seen for Welsh independence.”
Another added: “Its just plain offensive and their apology doesn’t alter the fact that someone at BA thought it was a great idea to hope England beat Wales. Did they tweet similarly last week when they played Ireland?”
British Airways wishing England luck against Wales in the rugby today is better than any other advert I’ve seen for Welsh independence.
Cheers lads. pic.twitter.com/f7ssmazhmS
— Gav Murphy (@cymrogav) November 28, 2020
How it started How it’s going pic.twitter.com/XCkeXT0UPw
— Leighton Andrews (@LeightonAndrews) November 28, 2020
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