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    'Ignorant and Xenophobic': Twitter Lambasts UK Tabloid for Colombia Drug Pun

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    Some netizens contend that The Sun has gone too far in its effort to cheer up the national team while trading in stereotypes. The apparent drug reference on the newspaper's front page also triggered the ire of Colombia's ambassador to the UK.

    Ahead of Tuesday's World Cup clash between England and Colombia, The Sun published a front page picturing England captain Harry Kane. The accompanying text read: "As 3 Lions face nation that gave world Shakira, great coffee and er, other stuff, we say.. GO KANE!

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    The reference to Colombia's links to drug trafficking was criticized by Colombia's ambassador to the UK, Néstor Osorio Londoño. "It's rather sad that they use such a festive and friendly environment as the World Cup to target a country and continue to stigmatize it with a completely unrelated issue," the diplomat said.

    Many internet users mirrored the ambassador's preference for fair play over word play, and chided the tabloid for its phonetic jab.

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