Uruguayan football star Rodrigo Zalazar sparks outrage at Auschwitz by tasteless photo wishing himself happy birthday


    A URUGUAYAN football star has sparked outrage after wishing himself a happy birthday with a photo from Auschwitz.

    Rodrigo Zalazar, who currently plays for top-flight Polish club Korona Kielce, decorated a snap of himself outside the Nazi concentration camp with celebratory emojis and posted it to his Instagram account.

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    Rodrigo Zalazar posted a picture of himself at the Auschwitz concentration camp to celebrate his 20th birthday[/caption]

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    Zalazar has played for the Uruguay under-20 international team[/caption]

    The image was taken and posted on August 12, when Zalazar turned 20.

    It showed him stood on the train tracks used to transport victims of the Holocaust into the camp in southern Poland.

    Between 1940 and 1945, the Nazis sent an estimated 1.3 million people to the camp, 1.1 million of whom died of were killed there.

    The museum that now operates on the site has in recent years had to repeatedly remind visitors not to take photos or selfies in the most sensitive areas, such as the tracks or the rooms in which people killed.

    Zalazar’s post has since been deleted.

    In a video message posted to Korona Kielce’s Instagram account, he said: “I have to apologize for my photo from Instagram where I was standing in front of the gate to Auschwitz.

    “It was not in my intention to insult concentration camp victims.

    “I did not now where I exactly was standing when I was making this photo.

    “I am ashamed of my act because now I know what happened behind this gate.

    “I have deleted this photo today in the morning and I am going to make a donation to one of Auschwitz memory foundation.

    “I want to apologise to everyone who felt offended by my act.”

    Rodrigo is the son of former Uruguay international José Zalazar, and has represented Uruguay as a member of its under-20 international team.

    In July he signed a four-year contract with club Eintracht Frankfurt, who play in the Bundesliga, Germany’s top division, but is currently on loan to Korona Kielce for the duration of the 2019-2020 season.

    Recent years have seen a spate of Instagram stars facing criticism for the locations they choose to make the backdrops for their photos.

    In June, numerous so-called influencers were slammed for taking glamorous snaps in Chernobyl, the Ukraine site of a 1986 nuclear disaster in which dozens were killed and the setting for a recent Sky/ HBO series.

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