Famous British soccer club Manchester United made a huge misstep when they sent out their latest newsletter, “United Uncovered” to fans. The header design, which spelled out “MUFC” for Manchester United Football Club, blatantly resembles as swastika.
Even more unfortunate, the headline right under it read “New Order,” the same name as the political model that Hitler wanted to implement in Europe during WWII. Manchester United immediately apologized, reports the BBC.
They emailed a statement to fans reading, “In this week’s United Uncovered email newsletter, a graphic spelling the letters MUFC ran alongside a feature about Manchester United’s younger squad members entitled New Order. While the headline was intended to reference the band of the same name, it has been pointed out that the graphic had design similarities to a swastika which, combined with other connotations of the phrase ‘new order’, has caused offence which was entirely unintended.”
The owner of the team, Malcolm Glazer, who also owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, said the design was “completely inappropriate” and that “internal action” was being taken, reports NBC. It’s unclear as to how anyone that has ever heard of Hitler, or the Nazis, would sign off on this design going out to fans.
That *very* unfortunate United tribute to the third reich pic.twitter.com/9yBaf97UTL
— United Rant (@unitedrant) October 26, 2013