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  • 30 June 2014, 14:54

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."

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