17/10/2012 06:08 BST | Updated 17/10/2012 06:16 BST

British Ambassador To Chile Jon Benjamin's Tweet Calls Argentinians 'Gays' And 'Cowards'

Britain's ambassador to Chile has apologised after comments he made on Twitter mocked Argentinian soldier's bravery, questioned their sexuality and highlightied its defeat in the Falklands Conflict.

Jon Benjamin referenced a football chant on the microblogging site after getting a ticket for the World Cup qualifier between the South American countries.

The chant, which is sometimes shouted by Chilean fans, loosely translates as: "Argentinians, you queers, they took the Falklands from you because you are cowards."


The tweet referenced a chant used to mock Argentinian football fans

Mr Benjamin has since removed the offending message. He said: "I'm sorry I offended with a private joke message that I published by mistake."

A Foreign and Commonwealth spokesman said: "Our ambassador to Chile appears to have inadvertently caused some controversy in a tweet.

"He has deleted it."