Bayern Munich's Rafinha apologizes for Gulf Arab ‘bomber’ Halloween costume

A picture tweeted by German football club Bayern Munich showing Rafinha dressed as a Gulf Arab “bomber” at the club’s Halloween party has prompted anger on social media. (Screenshot: Twitter/@FCBayern)
Updated 01 November 2018
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Bayern Munich's Rafinha apologizes for Gulf Arab ‘bomber’ Halloween costume

  • Picture tweeted on Bayern Munich's official Twitter feed sparked outrage
  • Image was deleted by the club four hours after it was posted

LONDON: Bayern Munich's right-back Rafinha has apologized for attending the club's Halloween party dressed as a Gulf Arab “bomber” after an image tweeted on the club's official Twitter account prompted anger. 

Posting on his own offficial account, the Brazilian said: "Halloween is a scary feast with exaggerated costumes, it was not my intention to annoy anyone through my costume or to hurt anyone's feelings."

Rafinha's previous apology tweet saw the player post a picture of him wearing the traditional dress in question. (Twitter: @R13_official)

Several members of the Bayern Munich squad, including David Alaba, Niklas Sule and Sandro Wagner, appeared in the original picture in different costumes, including Rafinha in traditional Arab dress holding a box labeled “Vorsicht” — German for “caution.”

His inclusion in the picture, which was deleted by the club four hours after it was posted, sparked a backlash on Twitter, with many criticizing the choice of dress.
It is likely to cause embarrassment for the German giants, especially considering Gulf airline Qatar Airways is one of the club’s main sponsors.
“This is sick... not all Arabs bombers, it looks funny for you but you dont know how you are effecting others (sic),” one tweet read.
Another Twitter user said: “Yikes. Toss this club in the bin and start over again,” while a different tweet demanded an apology from the club.

Bayern Munich has many fans in the Middle East and runs an Arabic-language Twitter profile that has 187,000 followers.


Platini released from custody after police questioning

Updated 19 June 2019
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Platini released from custody after police questioning

  • French authorities haven’t announced any charges against Platini
  • The authorities also questioned a sport adviser from the previous French president’s administration

PARIS: Former UEFA president Michel Platini was released from custody in the early hours of Wednesday after being questioned as part of a corruption investigation into the awarding of the 2022 World Cup to Qatar.
His communication team said that Platini’s detention ended at 12:30 a.m. local time.
Platini had denied any wrongdoing and French authorities did not announce any charges against the former France and Juventus player.
“It was long, but given the number of questions it could not be different,” Platini said after his release. “They asked me questions about the 2016 Euro, the World Cup in Russia, the World Cup in Qatar, the Paris Saint-Germain, FIFA.”
Also questioned Tuesday were Sophie Dion, a sports adviser in former French president Nicolas Sarkozy’s administration, and Claude Gueant, the former secretary general of the Elysee presidential palace under Sarkozy.
Ahead of the FIFA vote, Sarkozy hosted a meeting in November 2010 that brought Platini together with Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, then the crown prince of Qatar and now its ruling emir. Al-Thani also owns the French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain, and Sarkozy frequently attends its games.
Qatar beat the long-favored United States 14 to 8 when FIFA selected the host country for the 2022 World Cup
As head of European soccer’s governing body UEFA, Platini was the continent’s top representative on the FIFA committee that picked Qatar.
French prosecutors are known to be investigating an array of winning bids for major sports events, including the 2018 World Cup, awarded to Russia, the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and track and field world championships.

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