British Airways forced to delete social media post wishing England Rugby well against Wales
"Good way to annoy 3m+ potential customers", wrote one Welsh politician
British Airways have deleted a social media post wishing the England Rugby team good luck in their game against Wales later today.
The tweet, which has since been deleted, read: "Good luck to the England Rugby team against Wales today".
BA sponsor England, but many on social media were quick to remind them that Wales is also in the UK.
Welsh Assembly member Alun Davies asked: "And you expect me to fly with you?"
— Alun Davies MS / AS 🏴 🇪🇺 🏳️🌈 (@AlunDaviesMS) November 28, 2020
Former Welsh Education minister Leighton Andrews said: "Wtf...", and was jubilant when the tweet was then deleted.
How it started. How it ended. pic.twitter.com/mYBQCtkybR
— Leighton Andrews 🏴🇪🇺 (@LeightonAndrews) November 28, 2020
BBC News anchor Huw Edwards, a Scarlets supporter born in in Llanelli, simply tweeted: "I love @easyJet".
Chris Bryant, Member of Parliament for the Rhondda, said: "What utter divots."
The tweet has subsequently been deleted, and the airline have apologised for posting it in the first instance.
A statement from British Airways read: "We are proud sponsors of England Rugby but on this occasion we unintentionally strayed offside, for which we are sorry."
England and Wales meet in the Autumn Nations Cup at 3pm today. The match will be streamed live on Amazon Prime Video.
Eddie Jones' England side are in fine form off the back of success in the 2020 Six Nations.
England will be looking to extend their excellent run of form against an out-of-sorts Wales side. Wales have won just one of their last seven test matches, with that victory coming against lowly Georgia last weekend.
Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has named a somewhat experimental side for the clash against England.
— Welsh Rugby Union 🏉 (@WelshRugbyUnion) November 26, 2020
Louis Rees-Zammit maintains his place in the starting fifteen alongside James Botham - grandson of England cricket icon Ian.
Cardiff Blues scrum-half Lloyd Williams starts at nine, having played understudy to Gareth Davies, Rhys Webb and Tomos Williams over the last five years.
Alun Wyn Jones captains the side, however there is no place for Ospreys wing George North.