Dutch Airline Mocks Mexico's World Cup Defeat
Dutch airline KLM have apologised after posting a tweet mocking Mexico's exit from the World Cup.
An image posted by the carrier wrote: "Adios Amigos" after the Netherlands beat the side 2-1 in a dramatic last-16 tie.
It was accompanied by an image of an airport departure board, complete with a depiction of a moustachioed man wearing a sombrero.
But many users turned on the airline, saying the tweet was in bad taste and potentially offensive.
Hollywood actor Gael Garcia Bernal wrote: "I'm never flying your sh**y airline again. F*** you big time."
KLM's tweet went viral with the hashtag #mexicogate.
The tweet was quickly deleted by the airline, and spokesman Ebeling Koning said: "It was meant to be a joke. But there was too much negative reaction."
KLM has a daily direct flight between Mexico City and Amsterdam.
Mexico's national airline - AeroMexico - pointedly offered its support to the national side amid the row, posting an arrivals sign with the words: "Thank you for this great championship. You've made us proud and we're waiting for you at home."