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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 16 November 2018

Bayern Munich Halloween picture of player dressed as Arab 'bomber' sparks outrage

Picture of players at a Halloween party shows unidentified player holding suspect package

A screenshot from Bayern Munich's official Twitter account of players attending a Halloween part. FC Bayern Munich
A screenshot from Bayern Munich's official Twitter account of players attending a Halloween part. FC Bayern Munich

A picture shared on social media by German club Bayern Munich has sparked outrage after one of its players attended a Halloween party dressed as an Arab "bomber" holding a suspect package.

The post was shared by Bayern's official Twitter account, which has more than four million followers, at around 4pm UAE time Thursday. The picture, now deleted, appears to show players attending a Halloween party at an undisclosed location.

But it is the appearance of an unidentified player in the bottom right of the picture that has prompted a backlash.

Wearing a traditional khandora with head scarf and holding a cardboard box with a red sticker labelled "Vorsicht" (Attention), the player stands out like a sore thumb from the rest of his teammates dressed in a range of fancy dress costumes as ghosts, ghouls, zombies and well-known characters from horror movies such as the Saw franchise.

"Seriously? Someone dressed up as a BOMBER?" wrote one.

"This is sick... not all Arabs bombers, it looks funny for you but you dont know how you are effecting others," wrote another.

"Dressing up like gulf people and have the intention to imply that it is related to terror is a peer bigotry," replied another.

While the costumes and make-up make it hard to identify many of the players, striker Sandro Wagner's distinctive beard can be made out under a mask by a player on the left of the picture while giant defender Niklas Sule is visible at the back.

Many have speculated as to the identity of the player, although there seems to be no common consensus on who.

Bayern are second in the Bundesliga table two points behind rivals Borussia Dortmund.

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