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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 14 November 2018

Bayern Munich's Rafinha apologises over 'Arab bomber' Halloween costume

The botched costume sparked an uproar on social media, and the club subsequently deleted the photo

A screenshot from Bayern Munich's official Twitter account of players attending a Halloween party before it was deleted. FC Bayern Munich
A screenshot from Bayern Munich's official Twitter account of players attending a Halloween party before it was deleted. FC Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich defender Rafinha has apologised for dressing as an "Arab bomber" for a Halloween party, saying it was not his intention to "hurt anyone's feelings".

A pictured shared to the club's more than four million followers, since deleted, showed the Brazilian wearing a traditional khandora with head scarf and holding a cardboard box with a red sticker labelled "Vorsicht" (Attention).

The botched costume sparked an uproar on social media, and the club subsequently deleted the photo.

Instead, Bayern retweeted Rafinha's apology.

"Halloween is a scary celebration with exaggerated costumes, it was not my intention to anger anyone through my disguise or hurt someones feelings," wrote the Brazilian.

Rafinha, 33, is an important member of the Bayern squad, helping the club to six consecutive Bundesliga titles after joining from Italian club Genoa in 2011 and has four Brazil caps.

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

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