So much for being a gracious winner. After the Netherlands scored a controversy-riddled 2-1 win Sunday to eliminate Mexico from the World Cup, Royal Dutch Airlines, perhaps better known as KLM, figured it would be a good time to gloat. The result was this tweet:
— Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) June 29, 2014
As you might have guessed, reaction was not favorable, which included Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal using some NSFW language in his response. The backlash prompted KLM to delete the tweet.
If I'm ever in the Netherlands, I know what company I am NOT flying with. Ahem, @KLM
— Diego Galaviz (@DiegoG20) June 29, 2014
@JamesJetsOften It has not been our intent to hurt anyone's feelings with this post. That's why we removed it.
— Royal Dutch Airlines (@KLM) June 30, 2014
"In the best of sportsmanship, we offer our heartfelt apologies to those who have been offended by the comment," Marnix Fruitema, director general of KLM in North America, told the Associated Press.
AeroMexico countered with a tweet that translates to: "Thank you for this great championship. You've made us proud and we're waiting for you at home."
— Aeroméxico (@AeroMexico_com) June 29, 2014