Argentina naming league in honor of sunken warship
As tension rises over the 30th anniversary of the deadly war
between Britain and Argentina over the Falkland Islands, the
Argentine government has named the upcoming soccer season in honor
a naval ship sunk by British torpedoes during the conflict.
The season, which begins Friday, will be the known as the first
division ”Crucero General Belgrano,” or Cruiser General Belgrano
Argentina lost 649 servicemen in the war, 323 of whom were crew
members on the Belgrano.
The Argentine government owns the rights to Argentine
first-division matches and shows all the games on free-to-air
Advertising time during the matches is often used to promote the
accomplishments of the Argentine government, which says the islands
it calls ”Las Islas Malvinas” belong to Argentina.
The 30th anniversary of the start of the 10-week war is April
The Argentine government was angered by the arrival in the
Falklands last week of Prince William, second in line to the
British throne. The prince, known in the British defense forces as
Flight Lt. Wales, has been deployed to the islands for six weeks as
a search-and-rescue pilot. The British government says it’s a
routine deployment. Argentina has called it provocative.