London: Manchester United defender Chris Smalling apologised Wednesday for an "insensitive decision" to appear as a suicide bomber at a costume party.
A photograph of Smalling in his costume, which his management company said was taken at a private party in his home, was on the front page of Thursday's editions of The Sun.
It shows the English national players with items that appeared to include a mock circuit board and mobile phone around his chest, and cables leading up his body. Also on his body were bottles of Jagermeister and cans of Red Bull, while he also wore an Arab kaffiyeh head dress.
Smalling's management group said the outfit was an elaborate pun on the popular "Jagerbomb," which is a blend of those two drinks.
UK media inputs: The controversy involving Smalling's dress will further demoralise Manchester United - a side that has suffered losses in recent weeks. Coach David Moyes, on Wednesday, found himself in hot waters for taking on referees after his team's loss to Sunderland. (Read full report here)