Manchester United and England footballer Chris Smalling, 24, sparked outrage after being photographed dressed in a terrorist costume to host Christmas fancy dress party in his home.
Smalling claimed the outfit was ‘an attempted comedy play’ on the popular ‘Jagerbomb’ alcoholic drink, but the costume has caused fury among survivors and relatives of those affected by terrorist attacks. An apology through his management company, Wasserman Media Group reads:
Chris and his girlfriend hosted a fancy dress party to celebrate Christmas and their belated birthdays with close friends in the assumed privacy of his own home. Although he fully accepts in hindsight it was an ill-thought out and insensitive decision, absolutely no harm was intended whatsoever and he apologises for any offence caused'.