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Monday 20 November 2017

Argentina names upcoming football season after Belgrano in honour of sunk warship

AS tension rises over the 30th anniversary of the Falklands War, the Argentine government has named the upcoming football season in honour of a naval ship sunk by British torpedoes in 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 television. 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 2.

The Argentine government was angered by the arrival in the Falklands last week of the Duke of Cambridge, who has been deployed to the islands for six weeks as a search and rescue pilot. The government says it is a routine deployment, but Argentina has called it provocative.

Meanwhile, Manchester City rebel Carlos Tevez returned to his home country for a pre-season testimonial match for Boca Juniors legend Martin Palermo, and was greeted during an appearance of half-time with a rapturous reception and chants of "leave the English and come back here".

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