Dutch plane operator KLM has apologised for sending out a tweet from its official account making a joke of Mexico’s defeat to the Netherlands at the World Cup.

Within minutes of Holland’s 2-1 stoppage-time win, the firm published a picture of an airport departures sign under the heading Adios Amigos.

Next to the word Departures was a man with a moustache and sombrero.

The post went viral but was deleted shortly afterwards.

Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal tweeted to tell his two million-plus followers that he would never fly with the carrier again and hundreds of other people complained.

“It was meant to be a joke but there was too much negative reaction,” said a KLM spokeswoman.