Manchester United's defender Chris Smalling. Picture: Paul Ellis

London – Manchester United defender Chris Smalling has apologised for his “insensitive decision” after being pictured at a fancy dress party appearing to look like a suicide bomber.

Smalling's management company Wasserman Media Group insisted that picture, which appears on the front page of Thursday's edition of The Sun newspaper, was “an attempted comedy play on the popular 'jagerbomb drink'.”

A statement to The Associated Press says Smalling's costume at a party in his home with close friends consisted of empty bottles of Jagermeister “and cans of Red Bull strapped to his chest.”

But the statement says Smalling “fully accepts in hindsight it was an ill-thought out and insensitive decision, absolutely no harm was intended whatsoever and he apologises for any offense caused”.

United declined to comment. – Sapa-AP