Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has apologised after the front page of The Sun newspaper pictured him wearing a "suicide bomber" costume at a fancy dress party.
The 24-year-old was reportedly dressed as a "Jagerbomber" at the party hosted at his luxury home.
The outfit consisted of two bottles of Jagermeister strapped to a vest made of wires, a circuit board and cans of Red Bull tied together.
However, an incriminating photo of the central defender looking rather worse for wear with a pal was splashed across this morning's copy of The Sun, forcing Smalling to issue a public apology.
"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," a statement from Smalling's management group, Wasserman Media Group, read.
"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 'Jagerbomb 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."
It's currently unclear whether Manchester United's under-pressure boss David Moyes will punish Smalling for this incident.
The Red Devils are currently preparing for Saturday's Premier League clash against Swansea City at Old Trafford - and hope to secure their first win of 2014 against the Welsh outfit.
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