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."
Halloween is a scary celebration with exaggerated costumes, it was not my intention to anger anyone through my disguise or hurt someones feelings. pic.twitter.com/ZZumqzpLBD— Rafinha Official (@R13_official) November 1, 2018
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.