Bayern Munich responded to claims made on social media Wednesday that an image it posted on Twitter had imagery reminiscent to World War II concentration camps, apologizing to those offended.
The graphic, which Bayern is using to promote its Champions League match against Juventus on Wednesday, shows a train track headed toward Munich's Allianz Arena with the words “fino alla fine,” or “until the end,” written in Italian on a sign in front of the track. The sign, which is the Juventus team motto, seems to represent the fact that one of the two teams will be knocked out of contention for the Champions League title after the match.
Questions about the intention of the graphic centered around the train track, which drew comparisons to infamous images of railroad tracks leading to Auschwitz, a concentration camp where Nazi authorities killed approximately 1.1 million people, including nearly one million Jews.
Bayern posted an apology, which stated that the goal of the graphic was to hype up the stakes of the match.
Bayern did not take the image down from its social media accounts.