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Monday 21 April 2014

Chris Smalling's 'suicide bomber' costume was wrong - David Moyes

Chris Smalling has apologised for his choice of fancy dress attire
Chris Smalling has apologised for his choice of fancy dress attire

Manchester United manager David Moyes has attempted to draw a line under Chris Smalling's 'suicide bomber' mistake.

Defender Smalling was pictured wearing the ill-advised costume at a fancy dress party he held at his own home at Christmas.

His management company issued a statement on Thursday, outlining the England defender's regret at the "ill-thought out and insensitive decision", which brought a storm of protest.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League encounter with Swansea at Old Trafford, when the 24-year-old is likely to be involved, Moyes confirmed he had spoken to Smalling about the matter but he now feels the subject is closed.

"I think Chris understands it was the wrong thing to do," said the United boss.

"We have told him that and we have moved on."

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