Channel Ten TV program 'The Project' has angered Honduran media after making comparisons between the Central American nation and ISIS.
Socceroos star Tim Cahill appeared on the show ahead of the nation's upcoming intercontinental play-off with Honduras for a spot in the World Cup.
Immediately after being pitted against Honduras, Australian media made many a mention to the location for the first leg - San Pedro Sula - as the 'former murder capital of the world'.
The negative associations angered Honduran media and fans, with many keen to prove that Honduras is not as bad as Australians have portrayed.
However, what was meant as a light-hearted comment from comedian Peter Helliar on The Project has sparked furore in Honduras.
Heliar and host Waleed Aly made mention of the 'former murder capital of the world' fact, and Honduran media have blasted the show for their comments.
Here's the transcript from the episode:
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. 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?
Tim Cahill: 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.
Media watch in Honduras. Literally. Channel 10 in the local press. Anger at aussie perception heating up to racist claims pic.twitter.com/lQ9SSlKHyh— David Weiner (@davidweiner9) November 7, 2017