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Wolfe Tones Singer Delighted With Argentina's Handling Of Anti-English Song

Wolfe Tones Singer Delighted With Argentina's Handling Of Anti-English Song
By Gary Connaughton Updated
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Argentina are preparing for a World Cup final this weekend, booking their place in the showpiece event after a convincing 3-0 victory over Croatia on Tuesday night.

The country will be hoping to lift the trophy for the first time since 1986, with some typically jubilant celebrations in the dressing room after the game.

That included the singing of a song with anti-England lyrics, with the two nations having a troubled history dating back to the Falklands War. The lyrics of the song read:

Brazil what happened, wrinkled five time champion.

Messi left for Rio and stayed with the cup.

We are the Argentine band and we will always encourage,

Because we have the dream of becoming world champion.

I'm like that, I'm Argentine, fucking English from Malvinas I don't forget.

I am like that, I come to encourage you, I follow Argentina everywhere.

Of course, it is difficult not to draw parallels with the incident involving the Republic of Ireland WNT after they qualified for the World Cup back in October, with players singing an 'ooh ah up the RA' chant in the dressing room after the win over Scotland. The FAI would strongly condemn their actions at the time, with FIFA later issuing a €20,000 fine.

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There were also some rather questionable segments on British television as a result.

Wolfe Tones singers praises Argentina officials

Unlike the FAI, the Argentinian authorities have not condemned their own players for the chant on this occasion.

That is something that has been welcomed by Wolfe Tones singer Brian Warfield, who believes the Ireland team were treated poorly for simply singing on of his band's songs.

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Speaking to the Irish Mirror, he praised the Argentinian authorities for not apologising for the chant and believe that the FAI could learn something from their response.

You notice the way the Argentinian officials stood up for their footballers and they didn’t back down or apologise or make any reference to anything – that is what the FAI should’ve done.

They should’ve stood up for them and said it was an Irish song, it was jubilation, it is known by everybody in Ireland, half the world likes to sing it, so why couldn’t the girls sing it in celebration.

The only reason why they couldn’t sing was because some cranky unionist politician got on and started complaining about it.

They had no right to complain about anything because they are forcing people to wear poppies during football matches, forcing people to wear poppies on television. It’s bullying across every media in the UK and across Northern Ireland, so I don’t think they have anything to complain about...

Why can’t the FAI stand up like Argentina did and say 'look, that's our culture, that’s our people'.

They’re standing their ground and rightly so, like the FAI should’ve done.

It is fair to say that the chant has not dominated the news cycle in the same manner that we saw a couple of months ago.

If Argentina do get their hands on the trophy this weekend, you get the sense that they won't think twice about breaking out this song once again.

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