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.


UAE end Kyrgyzstan’s Asian Cup odyssey

Updated 22 January 2019
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UAE end Kyrgyzstan’s Asian Cup odyssey

  • Substitute Ahmed Khalil was UAE’s hero on an angst-ridden Abu Dhabi night as he blasted home from the spot in the first additional period
  • Less than a quarter of an hour earlier Kyrgyzstan substitute Tursunali Rustamov had stunned the home side when he snatched a dramatic stoppage-time equalizer

SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates: Hosts United Arab Emirates ended Kyrgyzstan’s fairytale with a controversial extra-time penalty to reach the Asian Cup quarter-finals on a 3-2 soreline Monday.
Substitute Ahmed Khalil was UAE’s hero on an angst-ridden Abu Dhabi night as he blasted home from the spot in the first additional period to set up a meeting with the Socceroos in the last eight.
Less than a quarter of an hour earlier Kyrgyzstan substitute Tursunali Rustamov had stunned the home side when he snatched a dramatic stoppage-time equalizer at the end of a nail-biting contest.
It had taken the Emirates just 14 minutes to break through as Khamis Esmaeel headed in an Ismail Matar corner.
Plucky Kyrgyzstan refused to go unnoticed on their Asian Cup debut, however, and the White Falcons equalized midway through the first half when Mirlan Murzaev squeezed the ball in from a seemingly impossible angle.
Kyrgyz captain Valery Kichin then gave UAE a scare when his curling shot crashed against the crossbar.
But Ali Mabkhout volleyed the 2015 semifinalists back in front with his third goal of the tournament after some horror defending from Mustafa Iusupov.
That looked to have ended Kyrgyz defiance until Rustamov headed home in the dying seconds to force extra time.
But after Mabkhout had tumbled in the box under minimal contact, the Asian Cup hosts were awarded a penalty that was hotly disputed — for the second time in this tournament.
Khalil kept his cool though and drilled home the spot kick on 103 minutes to give UAE a shot at avenging their semifinal defeat by Australia four years ago.
There was still time for Baktyiar Duishobekov and Rustamov to hit the woodowork, but the Emiratis somehow clung on.