Channel Ten’s “The Project” has infuriated the Honduras football president with derogatory comments about the Central American nation.
Waleed Aly and Peter Helliar sparked outrage after making the remarks during an interview with Tim Cahill.
Helliar described Honduras as the “murder capital of the world” and compared the nation to Isis.
This is how the interview went down:
Carrie Bickmore: So, Honduras. Are you going to win?
Tim Cahill: It’s a massive game. We’re looking forward to it. It’s going to be difficult. It’s never going to be easy and we’re excited.
Waleed Aly: I was very excited. I was so excited, I was going to get my tickets booked. I was going to fly over there but I decided to do some googling of Honduras and it turns out we’re going to San Pedro Sula which apparently is — or once was — the murder capital of the world. So, anyway, good luck without me. Do you think it’s a good idea that you win?
TC: It doesn’t matter where we go for us. It doesn’t matter. We’re there to win and that’s it. There’s nothing holding us back now. We want to go to a fourth consecutive World Cup.
Peter Helliar: So you beat Syria. Now you’re going to the murder capital of the world. If you win this, I think you play ISIS. But they’re calling you the danger man? The coach is saying you’re the danger man. They have to stop you.
Cahill wisely didn’t respond to the comments.
Some have described the comments as “light hearted” but the Honduras media and football President were not amused.
Who could blame them really? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the “murder capital” tag wouldn’t go down all that well with people in Honduras.
Not surprisingly the comments have caused a shit-storm in Honduras with The Project being plastered all over the front of the newspapers. (possibly for the first time ever).
Just touched down in Honduras to discover Channel 10’s The Project is in the news. Locals not happy with the way their country is being portrayed. pic.twitter.com/pyA1syPF91
— Murray Shaw (@MurrayShaw1) November 7, 2017
Honduras football president Jorge Salomon called a press conference to address the comments.
“We are upset with some Australian media that have put the name of Honduras in bad, they have played with the name of our country, that has bothered us all and I think it is something we cannot allow,” Salomon said according to Honduran publication ‘Diario Mas’.
“Everything that Australian media has published is false. That’s why we want to show you through videos the real Honduras.”