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Man United defender Chris Smalling apologises for 'suicide bomber' costume

The front page of Thursday's edition of British tabloid The Sun showed the 24-year-old England international clad in Arab dress, including a head scarf, and with a circuit board and wires strapped to his body.

sports Updated: Jan 09, 2014 20:11 IST

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling apologised on Thursday after a picture emerged of him wearing a suicide bomber costume at a fancy dress party.

The front page of Thursday's edition of British tabloid The Sun showed the 24-year-old England international clad in Arab dress, including a head scarf, and with a circuit board and wires strapped to his body.

Smalling claimed that the outfit was an "attempted comedy play" on a drink known as a 'Jagerbomb', which is a mix of the liqueur Jagermeister and the energy drink Red Bull.

In a statement, Smalling's management company the Wasserman Media Group said: "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 Jagermeister and cans of Red Bull strapped to his chest in an attempted comedy play on the popular 'Jager bomb drink'.

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"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."

Smalling, who can play at centre-back and right-back, joined United from Fulham in January 2010 and is expected to be a member of Roy Hodgson's England squad for the World Cup in Brazil later this year.