Bayern Munich's Rafinha Wears Controversial Costume For Halloween Party, Apologises On Twitter
Halloween is a time for a bit of fun, get dressed up, go to a party, share a good scare or perhaps eat the sweets that were meant for the trick or treaters - causing outrage on Twitter? Possibly not.
Bayern Munich right-back Rafinha has apologised on Twitter for the costume he wore at the clubs Halloween party.
The 33-year-old Brazilian dressed as an Arab alongside his team-mates holding two cardboard boxes boldly labelled 'Vorsicht', which translates as attention or precaution.
While dressing up as Batman, a bank robber and Jigsaw are appropriate attire for a spooky night out, imitating a 'bomber' as he was labelled by social media users, is not.
The Bayern squad in their Halloween costumes! Rafinha's choice of attire is....questionable. :jack_o_lantern: pic.twitter.com/zm75ODpGN3
- Bavarian Tweets (@BavarianTweets) November 1, 2018
Rafinha can be seen wearing a Kandora, the traditional long-sleeve male robe worn in the Arabian Gulf, with a headscarf and dark aviator-style glasses.
"Halloween is a scary celebration with exaggerated costumes," said Rafinha. "It was not my intention to anger anyone through my disguise or hurt someone's feelings."
Halloween is a scary celebration with exaggerated costumes, it was not my intention to anger anyone through my disguise or hurt someones feelings. pic.twitter.com/ZZumqzpLBD
- Rafinha Official (@R13_official) November 1, 2018
Social media users were not happy and voiced their reaction to the ill-conceived costume.
Bayern Munich's official twitter had originally shared the image of the players, which it has since removed and has retweeted Rafinha's apology.
This is sick... not all Arabs bombers, it looks funny for you but you dont know how you are effecting others
- Um Raouf (@UmRaouf05) November 1, 2018
Dressing up like gulf people and have the intention to imply that it is related to terror is a peer bigotry
- Waleed (@BornToBeLovable) November 1, 2018
This is not the first time that footballers have been on the receiving end of backlash because of their outfits.
In 2014 Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling dressed up as a 'Jäger bomber', imitating a suicide bomber and in December last year, Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann came under fire for wearing blackface as a member of the Harlem Globetrotters for an 80s party.
Bayern Munich currently sit second in the table, two points behind Dortmund, following a poor start to the season, they take on SC Freiburg this Saturday.
Let's hope the Christmas party goes off without a hitch.
Words by George Buksmann.