A Dutch airline has angered Mexico soccer fans by tweeting an 'offensive' joke at the expense of Mexico following their World Cup defeat.
Dutch airline KLM posted a picture on its Twitter feed of an airport departures sign under the caption 'Adios Amigos #NEDMEX' following Holland's 2-1 victory over Mexico.
The tweet, which appeared to mock Mexicans also bore a symbol of a mustachioed man wearing a sombrero, reports the Daily Mail.
The controversial image sparked accusations of racism from angry Twitter users.
The post quickly went viral and was pulled a half-hour later without explanation.
The dramatic game saw the Dutch win a penalty deep in injury time with the scores then level to secure their victory.
Mexican supporters were not impressed by KLM's ill-timed tweet, seemingly mocking the losing team, who's World Cup dream is now over.
The airline received a tirade of complaints via Twitter and KLM spokeswoman Lisette Ebeling Koining said "It was meant to be a joke. She added that the airline never intended to offend Mexicans, which it serves via a daily direct flight between Mexico City and Amsterdam.
"In the best of sportsmanship, we offer our heartfelt apologies to those who have been offended by the comment," said Marnix Fruitema, director general of KLM in North America.
In contrast to KLM's PR blunder, Mexican airline AeroMexico tweeted its support for the country's football team saying: "Thank you for this great championship, you've made us proud and we're waiting for you at home #VivaMexico".
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