Sunderland have been forced into an apology for their Twitter gaffe when unveiling former Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

Lafferty’s signing had been announced last week, but the striker was pictured in the English side’s kit for the first time on Monday afternoon.

Previewing his first-ever interview as a Sunderland, player, the club tweeted a collection of photographs with the caption, ‘he’s seven foot, and he plays the flute’ in reference to the song about the player popularised by Northern Ireland and Rangers fans.

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The post was swiftly deleted, but not before being picked up on by plenty of fans. Naturally, screenshots abounded and the post received so much attention that the club were forced into an apology.

“It was written in all innocence by someone unaware of how it could be interpreted,” said a Sunderland spokesperson, as quoted by the Daily Mail.

 

“It was a genuine mistake and was removed immediately.”

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The song can be heard ringing from the stands when Lafferty is in action for Northern Ireland. (Photo By Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

This was a hilarious error on the part of Sunderland, no doubt leaving their social media team red-faced.

It’s unlikely that any supporters will have genuinely taken offence at the content, but it was promptly replaced by a less controversial ‘checked in and raring to go’ caption.

Lafferty has signed for the League One outfit until the end of the season, bolstering competition in attacking areas.

After struggling for goals over the last season and a half both at Rangers and at Norwegian club Sarpsborg, he’ll be hoping for a change of fortunes as the Black Cats look to gain promotion to the Championship.

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