July 12, 2007 / 4:09 PM / 13 years ago

Getafe apologise but stand by controversial advert

MADRID (Reuters) - Getafe apologised on Thursday for any offence cause by the use of Biblical references in their new television advert to attract season ticket holders for next season.

However, despite a request from the local diocese of the Catholic church, who described the video as offensive, and widespread criticism of the images used, they have refused to pull the advert.

Getafe’s advert depicts Jesus Christ on the cross, Moses in the wilderness and Adam in the Garden of Eden, among others, and all are shown refuting their devotion to God saying they would only sacrifice themselves for their team.

“It wasn’t our intention, but if someone has been offended the most I can do is apologise, but nothing more,” Getafe president Angel Torres told reporters.

“I believe there are more important things in the world like terrorism or hunger than for people to be worried about an advert.

“People are getting things out of proportion. There is nothing in it to offend people. We have been respectful to everyone. I am sure that within a few days we’ll return to talking about football and forget all about this.”

The modest Primera Liga club are based just to the south of the Spanish capital Madrid, and finished ninth in the league last season.

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