Bayern Munich Star Rafinha Causes Social Media Storm With ''Bomber'' Halloween Costume
A top footballer has apologised for his poor choice of Halloween costume which has angered fans across the world.
Bayern Munich defender Rafinha was pictured on Bayern Munich's official Twitter account along with team-mates who were dressed in a range of "traditionally" scary outfits.
However, the Bundesliga star was dressed in a white robe with dark sunglasses carrying a box with the label "vorsicht", which is German for "caution".
The photo caused a storm on social media, many Twitter users accusing the Brazilian player of portraying "lazy, offensive and tired" stereotypes. Some replied in disbelief: "Oh no, what have you done?"
Rafinha later posted on Twitter: "Halloween is a scary celebration with exaggerated costumes, it was not my intention to anger anyone through my disguise or hurt someones (sic) feelings."
Bayern Munich later deleted the offending message and Rafinha also removed his apology but it wasn't enough to pacify some Twitter members.
"This is sick... not all Arabs bombers, it looks funny for you but you don't know how you are effecting (sic) others," wrote @UmRaouf05.
@BornToBeLovable posted: "Dressing up like gulf people and have the intention to imply that it is related to terror is a peer bigotry."
Another complaint came from some of Bayern's Arab fans. "We are disappointed that the misleading media found its way to Rafinha and he thought it would be funny to portray Arabs as terrorists. He represents Bayern and a large part of Bayern’s fanbase are Arabs. We demand an apology."
@LGAmbrose chimed in: "It's just Bayern - sponsored by Qatar Airways - sharing a photo of one of their players dressed like he's a Sheikh holding a box with the word 'caution' written on it. Rafinha uses the 'I have a lot of Arabian friends' excuse. How are there still people in the world who think that justifies racist actions?"