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PHOTO: “Thoughtless” Chris Smalling suicide bomber fancy dress

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has apologised for his Jäger suicide bomber fancy dress outfit.

By Thomas Joseph

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Chris Smalling suicide bomber fancy dress outfit
MISJUDGEMENT: Smalling (Image: Terrace Life)

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has apologised for his Jäger suicide bomber fancy dress outfit that caused a stir in the British tabloids.

Pictured with Jägermeister, cans of energy drink Red Bull and a circuit-board strapped to his chest whist wearing an Arab keffiyeh headdress, a survivor of the July 7th London bombings branded Smalling as “thoughtless”.

After the Chris Smalling suicide bomber fancy dress outfit was pictured in The Sun, The Guardian reported Jacqui Putnam as saying:

It does not make it any easier when you see people who make light of it.

It is silliness really. I do not think people who do these things mean any harm but unfortunately the effect it has on people like me and people who are in a worse position – those who lost loved ones – is hurtful.

I am sure that he did not mean to offend anyone but I wish people would think twice. If people could only think twice about the pain this could cause to people who have lost loved ones in these circumstances it would be appreciated by survivors and the bereaved alike.

Chris Smalling's suicide bomber fancy dress outfit featured in The Sun newspaper
The infamous photo appeared in The Sun (Image: Terrace Life)

The Jägerbomber‘s management company, the Wasserman Media Group, have since released an apologetic statement:

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.

He dressed in a costume consisting of empty bottles of Jägermeister and cans of Red Bull strapped to his chest in an attempted comedy play on the popular ‘Jägerbomb drink’.

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.

Pictures from Terrace Life