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KLM airlines under fire for 'adios amigos' World Cup tweet

The Dutch airline celebrated The Netherlands' 2-1 victory over Mexico by tweeting a photo of a Mexican caricature.
By Kate Stanton Follow @KateStan Contact the Author   |   June 30, 2014 at 6:51 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO, June 30 (UPI) -- Some social media users, including Mexican actor Gael García Bernal, were outraged Sunday when a Dutch airline celebrated the Netherlands' 2-1 victory over Mexico with a tweet that read, "Adios Amigos!"

The tweet, which has since been deleted, also included a picture of a departures sign and a small cartoon of a man wearing a sombrero.

KLM apologized Sunday in a statement.

"In the best of sportsmanship, we offer our heartfelt apologies to those who have been offended by the comment," said Marnix Fruitema, KLM's director general in North America.

In a similar incident last week, Delta Airlines apologized for tweeting a picture of a giraffe, representing Ghana, after the United States beat the West African nation 2-1. Delta deleted the tweet after many social media users pointed out that giraffes don't live in Ghana.

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