Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez admitted on Monday she had not watched a single one of the country's matches in the World Cup soccer tournament including the final.
A day after soccer-mad Argentina lost the World Cup final to Germany by a score of 1-0, Fernandez received the national team in the capital, giving each of the downbeat players, dressed in black suits and ties, a consolatory hug.
Fernandez had earlier declined an invitation from Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff to attend the final, saying she was recovering form a sore throat. In a televised speech, Fernandez, flanked by Lionel Messi and the rest of the team, said: "As you know I'm no soccer fan."
"I didn't see a single match, not even the one yesterday," she said, adding that she rang Argentine Coach Alejandro Sabella after the match because it felt like the team had won.
"That's how I felt and how 40 million Argentines felt too."
Some fans took to social media site Twitter to vent their derision toward Fernandez.
"There is poverty, she doesn't see it. There is insecurity, she doesn't see it. Argentina's in the final, she doesn't see it. CFK blind woman," said one Twitter user, using the president's initials.
12:00 AM, July 16, 2014 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:53 AM, March 08, 2015