Argentinean team stages Falkland protest before World Cup warm-up

The Argentinian national football team held up the banner before kicking off their game with Slovenia

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The Argentinian national football team posed with a banner proclaiming the Falkland Islands belong to Argentina before a World Cup warm-up match this week.

Before kicking off their game with Slovenia in Buenos Aires, the held up a banner saying: “Las Malvinas son Argentinas,” which translates into English as “The Malvinas are Argentinian.”

The Malvinas is the Spanish name for the South Atlantic territory, which has been under British sovereignty since 1833.

The conflict over the disputed islands came to a head in 1982 when British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sent in armed forces after an Argentinian invasion.

The war led to the deaths of 255 British military personnel and 649 Argentinians.

Argentina has long laid claim to the islands and Since President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner took power in 2007 there have been repeated diplomatic clashes over the rights to the land.

Earlier this year, she insisted that her nation was “forcibly stripped” of the Falklands in a “blatant exercise of 19th century colonialism.”