Soccer team apologizes for Nazi photo

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:25 PM ET

A Scottish soccer club has apologized after a program from a weekend game featured a photo of Nazi soldiers on the front.

In a note on the Airdrie United soccer team's website, chairman Jim Ballantyne said the wrong photograph was used for the program's front cover.

The photo shows nurses handing out water to German soldiers on a train during the Second World War. The words "Lest We Forget" and "Supporting our Heroes" are featured prominently on the cover.

"The original match sponsor for the game was Network Rail, so I decided to base our Remembrance program images on wartime trains," Ballantyne said. "A number of photos were considered and when the final choice was made, the wrong image was lifted which was almost identical to the one that I had selected. Unfortunately it showed German soldiers instead of allied troops with the nurses."

He added he is personally "devastated at this unfortunate mistake."

He said the soccer club is "hugely supportive of Remembrance" and has dedicated the program to PoppyScotland — a charity for ex-soldiers and their families — for a number of years.

PoppyScotland spokeswoman Leigh James told the U.K.'s Daily Mail newspaper that the use of the photo was "unfortunate."

"Obviously the club meant well and tried to support the charity," she said.

"Unfortunately they used a wrong image on this occasion — but their sentiments were correct."

She denied reports PoppyScotland supplied the photo to the soccer club.

"You can be assured that the same mistake will never be made again," Ballantyne said.

Airdrie United lost their game to Livingston, 1-0.


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