Premier League champions Manchester United say Swastika-style logo is "completely inappropriate"
Manchester United have issued an unreserved apology and launched an internal investigation following the publication of a Swastika-style club logo on a weekly email sent to supporters.
The United Uncovered email, which bears the offending image, also carries the heading of New Order - a term linked to Nazism following Adolf Hitler’s call in 1941 for a European New Order - above images of several players, including Adnan Januzaj, David de Gea and Danny Welbeck.
Images of the email have caused outrage on Twitter, prompting United’s Head of Media, David Sternberg, to tweet an apology and pledge an investigation into how the publication was cleared for publication.
Sternberg tweeted: "The creative is completely inappropriate; we apologise unreservedly and are taking appropriate internal action."
When contacted by supporters demanding to know why the image had been distributed, Sternberg tweeted: "That's what is being investigated - obviously it shouldn't have."
United are understood to have taken action to prevent further distribution the United Uncovered email, with senior figures at Old Trafford taken aback by the incident.
Australian goalkeeper Mark Bosnich is the most high-profile footballer to have become embroiled in a Nazism furore after being fined £1,000 for delivering a Nazi salute to Tottenham Hotspur supporters during a Premier League game for Aston Villa at White Hart Lane in 1996.
Tottenham, a club with a sizeable Jewish following, have also been at the centre of a campaign this season to eradicate the ‘Yids’ chant among their supporters.
The term ‘Yid’ is regarded as a derogatory reference to Jewish people, but some Tottenham supporters claim to use the chant having ‘reclaimed’ the insult in an act of defiance.