Ryanair tweet calls French team ‘cheating b**tards’

An angry tweet from the Ryanair Twitter account called the French team "cheating bastards".

Ryanair tweet calls French team 'cheating b**tards'
Photo: AFP

Whoever is in charge of Ryanair’s Twitter account (if they are still in charge) could not join in the celebrations on Thursday night when France beat Germany.

Just after France had been awarded a penalty for the handball against Bastian Schweinsteiger, Ryanair’s Twitter account fired out an angry reaction.


“Wait a minute, so they know what a handball is in France? #Neverforget. #CheatingBastards,” read the tweet.

The tweet was accompanied by a photo of the infamous handball by Thierry Henry which helped France qualify for the 2010 World Cup at the expense of Ryanair’s home country Ireland.

The tweet was quickly deleted and was followed by a tweet by the company advertising for a job as “Head of Social Media”.

It’s not clear whether it was a joke or the result of instant sacking.

Ryanair has hardly been the most supportive of the French team during Euro 2016, which appears to be motivated by the company’s longstanding frustration with the number of times French air traffic controllers go on strike.

On Thursday it tweeted out a message of support for Germany joking that with the number of goals they had scored, the Germans were “better strikers”.

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Ryanair demands that Air France give up French airport slots in exchange for state aid

Budget airline Ryanair urged on Wednesday that Air France be forced to give up lucrative French airport slots if it receives more state aid.

Ryanair demands that Air France give up French airport slots in exchange for state aid
Could Air France be forced to give up airport slots if it accepts more aid from the French state? Photo: AFP

Paris is in talks with European Union officials on the delicate issue of state aid to the French flagship carrier, which has already received substantial help from the government.

“Should yet another enormous and illegal state aid bailout occur, then effective remedies must be applied to ensure fair competition in the French market and to protect the interests of the French consumer / visitor,” a Ryanair statement said.

The low-cost airline is based in Ireland and regularly underscores the amount of money being allocated to keep struggling rivals in the air.

In exchange for more aid, Air France must be prepared to give up “a substantial number of its take-off and landing slots at key French airports including Paris Charles De Gaulle, Paris Orly and Lyon,” Ryanair argued.

French officials and the European Commission are currently discussing the terms of a further recapitalisation of the Air France-KLM group, which has suffered from the Covid-19 crisis.

EU officials have already indicated that in exchange for their approval, Air France should give up coveted slots at Paris' Orly airport, which is essentially saturated now.

Air France on the other hand has indicated that such a move posed a serious threat because it was counting on Orly operations to help it rebound from the crisis.

French officials want to avoid putting Air France, which was struggling even before the pandemic, at a competitive disadvantage.

Ryanair urged EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager to “stand firm in her discussions with the French government.

“Either Air France gets no state aid or proper remedies should be put in place to ensure a fair and level playing field for all airlines,” it insisted.