Bayern Munich star Rafinha apologises for dressing up as Arab ‘bomber’ at German giants’ Halloween party
- Rafinha was pictured dressed as an Arab and carrying box which read ‘Vorsicht’
- It means ‘caution’ in German and box is thought to have been mock explosives
- The Brazilian right back insisted he did not mean to cause anyone any offence
- But some supporters have demanded Bayern take action against Rafinha
Bayern Munich defender Rafinha has apologised after turning up to the club’s Halloween party dressed as an Arab holding what appear to be mock explosives.
The Brazilian was pictured alongside a number of his team-mates on Wednesday holding a box labelled ‘Vorsicht’ – the German word for caution.
‘Halloween is a scary celebration with exaggerated costumes,’ Rafinha said.
Bayern Munich defender Rafinha (R) has apologised for his costume at club’s Halloween party
The Brazilian star wore traditional Arab attire and carried a box labelled ‘Vorsicht’ (caution)
‘It was not my intention to anger anyone through my disguise or hurt someone’s feelings.’
‘I am sorry, I am (sic) respect all countries and all religions!’
Bayern Munich’s official Twitter account posted the photo of several players dressed in fancy dress on Wednesday.
One players came dressed as ‘Jigsaw’ from the Saw movies, while others wore ghost costumes. But it was Rafinha’s choice of attire that caught the eye in the picture, which was later taken down.
Rafinha also removed his original apology, posted on Instagram, which featured a picture of him wearing the thawb and keffiyeh.
Rafinha took down his original apology, which featured a picture of him wearing the outfit
Last year Antoine Griezmann caused outrage after painting himself black for a costume
The Brazilian is the not the first footballer to hit the headlines for a controversial choice of fancy dress costume.
Last year, Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann faced backlash for painting his body black when he dressed up as a Harlem Globetrotter basketball player.
Rafinha has also faced criticism online, with Bayern urged to take action against the ‘uncultured’ player.
‘We are disappointed… (Rafinha) thought it would be funny to portray Arabs as terrorists,’ one fan wrote on Twitter.
‘He represents Bayern and a large part of Bayern’s fanbase are Arabs. We demand an apology. #UnculturedRafinha’
Another added: ‘Someone’s culture is never okay to be your costume. But that was not enough for him so he carried around boxes that look like explosives… @FCBayern this (is) disgusting and not acceptable DO SOMETHING.’
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