Galatasaray midfielder Wesley Sneijder has enraged Leeds United fans by tweeting a promotion of a knife set on the 15-year anniversary of the deaths of two of the Yorkshire club’s fans in Istanbul.
Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight were stabbed to death when the Elland Road outfit travelled to face the Turks in a UEFA Cup semi-final 15 years ago.
This obviously resulted in a hatred between the respective clubs, with Leeds fans holding their Galatasaray equivalents in disrepute after violent scenes.
Ali Umit Demur was jailed for 15 years as a result, while a minute’s silence was held before Leeds’ 3-0 defeat to Blackburn on Saturday.
Sneijder posted a tweet saying ““Finally, my Galatasaray SK knife set is now available and can be delivered everywhere”, with a Galatasaray branded knife set featuring his face on the box.
After Leeds fans reacted to the Netherlands international’s post, the playmaker apologised and then deleted the tweet.
With such a sensitive issue, Leeds fans have understandably taken to Twitter to vent their frustrations and anger over Sneijder’s tweet.
Sneijder now apologising, saying he wasn't aware of what today was. Still doesn't explain why they've brought out a set of knives?!— I'd Radebe Leeds (@Radebe_Leeds) April 4, 2015
Galatasaray launch a set of'Wesley Sneijder Knives'on the same day as we remember the 2 Leeds fans stabbed by Galatasaray fans. Disgusting— Mikey. (@Asp_30) April 4, 2015
After that stunt I'd love for Sneijder to join Man Utd in the summer, immediately becoming the most hated man in Leeds.— Lem (@91lem) April 4, 2015
The min silence today was absolutely spot on. Not a murmur. Shame Sneijder and his disgrace of a club dont have any class and respect #lufc— Amy Kelly (@aimzk1990) April 4, 2015
Wesley Sneijder you are a complete and utter insensitive #lufc— Steve Clark (@chapela1966) April 4, 2015
@FIFAcom Something seriously needs to be done about Wesley Sneijder's tweet this morning in relation to Galatasaray knives - absolutely vile— Cheryl Hunter (@cherylh_lufc) April 4, 2015
I've emailed the company selling the product and Wesley Sneijder's agents asking for an apology as a minimum. #lufc— dean robot wheeler (@deancore) April 4, 2015
Why is Wesley Sneijder releasing a personalised knife kit? And why this weekend of all weekends? Scum of the earth. #RIPChrisAndKev— Kieran Archer (@Chippy_LUFC) April 4, 2015
no way can Sneijder have put that tweet, got to be hacked surely, absolute disgrace— TOM RΔINE (@raine_lufc) April 4, 2015