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London 2012 Games: Argentine president issues Falklands warning to London athletes

Argentine president issues Falklands warning to London athletes

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UPDATED:

07:55 GMT, 27 June 2012

President Cristina Fernandez has cautioned Argentine athletes travelling to the London Olympics about doing anything provocative in Britain, which is engaged in a renewed dispute with Argentina over the Falkland Islands.

As Fernandez was giving some athletes a send off on Tuesday, she also defended a TV ad that ran two months ago on state-run television linking the London Olympics to the Falklands dispute.

The International Olympic Committee immediately denounced the ad and warned Argentina about using the games as a political platform.

Nothing to chance: President Cristina Fernandez checks a team jacket at a reception for the Argentine Olympic team

Nothing to chance: President Cristina Fernandez checks a team jacket at a reception for the Argentine Olympic team

'We will show with pride, with honour, that we are Argentines,' Fernandez said.

'We don't need to do anything that conflicts with sports norms to show our rights.'

Fernandez has intensified a campaign to pressure Britain into sovereignty talks, which it has pushed in every international forum.

Argentines insist Britain has illegally occupied the South Atlantic islands since 1833. Britain accuses Buenos Aires of ignoring the wishes of the island's population of about 3,000 people, most of who have said they want to remain British.

'They (British) are waiting for us to do something stupid, but we're not stupid,' Fernandez said.

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Fernandez called the controversial TV advertisement 'divine.'

'No matter who was bothered by it, to me it was creative, important,' she said.

An Argentine legislator had suggested that athletes wear a logo on
their Olympic uniforms that would carry the message 'Las Malvinas son
Argentinas' (The Falklands are Argentine). The proposal failed to gain
traction.

The Argentine
Olympic Committee has promised it will abide by the IOC's rule and not
use the games as a platform for 'political gestures.' It has also
defended the right of freedom of speech for its athletes.

Chelsea reveal new "Marseille" away kit

Sure you want to leave, Didier Chelsea unveil away kit that borrows Marseille colours

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UPDATED:

10:45 GMT, 7 June 2012

After Chelsea revealed a gold trim home kit to inspire Roberto Di Matteo’s side to Champions League glory, you don’t have to look far to see their inspiration for the new away kit.

As talks with Didier Drogba to extend his stay broke down to the point of the striker leaving, it seems the Champions League winners' last desperate attempt to keep the veteran was to offer him a playing kit that resembled his former club Marseille!

All change: Chelsea's new away strip features a diagonal blue stripe

All change: Chelsea's new away strip features a diagonal blue stripe

The Ivorian has quoted in the past he would have liked to end his career at the Ligue 1 club who he left to join Chelsea for 24million in 2004.

Top Drog: Didier Drogba enjoyed a successful season at Marseille in 2003/04

Top Drog: Didier Drogba enjoyed a successful season at Marseille in 2003/04

And although the strip borrows a template from Argentine side River Plate, the colours look remarkably similar to that of the southern France side.

But all jokes aside, the new strip is laced with adidas’s TechFit technology (proven to enhance performance) and the colours are meant to be synonymous with the success the club have achieved over the years.

Fans can see the strip for the first time when it will be worn during a pre-season tour of the USA when Chelsea face the MLS Allstars on July 25 in Philadelphia.

Falklands War: Argentine government name league after sunk General Belgrano

Argentine government flames Falklands row by naming top division after sunk Belgrano warship

The Argentine government has decided to name the top football division in honor of its warship sunk by a British submarine during the Falklands conflict in 1982.

Tensions between Argentine and British governments have been rising in
recent weeks as the 30th anniversary of the war for control of the South
Atlantic islands approaches.

The season, which begins Friday, will be the known as the first division 'Crucero General Belgrano,' or Cruiser General Belgrano in English.

Sunk: The General Belgrano was torpedoed by HMS Conqueror

Sunk: The General Belgrano was torpedoed by HMS Conqueror

The Argentine death toll in the war was 649 soldiers, 323 of whom were crew members on the Belgrano.

The Argentine government owns the rights to 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.

Back in action: The Argentine league resumes on Friday

Back in action: The Argentine league resumes on Friday