Bayern Munich Halloween picture including Gulf Arab ‘bomber’ sparks outrage on Twitter
LONDON: A picture tweeted by German football club Bayern Munich showing someone dressed as a Gulf Arab “bomber” at the club’s Halloween party has prompted anger on social media.
Several members of the Bayern Munich squad, including David Alaba, Niklas Sule and Sandro Wagner, appear in the picture in different costumes, including the unidentified person 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 a large following in the Middle East, including an Arabic-language Twitter profile that has 187,000 followers.