Bizarre ‘AC Milan haka’ causes ridicule (VIDEO)
AC Milan players performing the 'haka' last night..or is it the macarena...? pic.twitter.com/neJACO2E8w— TheFootballRepublic (@TheFootballRep) 22 April 2016
It was initially reported that players from AC Milan had performed the routine, but it was later discovered to be actors dressed to look like first team stars.
The stand-ins performed the routine, which they had dubbed ‘the Tekitanka’, as part of a marketing drive for club sponsors Nivea.
The unique AC Milan version of the dance even involved the ‘players’ mockingly applying face cream.
The publicity stunt has not gone down too well – with people reporting it as a cynical money-making attempt which denigrates the scared nature of the real haka to New Zealand.
Did this just actually happen? Absolutely shameful! 🙈https://t.co/b5oWkySOjR— Mark Lee (@akayanks) 21 April 2016
@TrollFootball The haka is what the New Zealand rugby team do to intimidate their opponents. 😂— Dawood Khaleeq (@DawoodKhaleeq) 21 April 2016
Breaking news: New Zealand Rugby team is suing AC Milan for Turing the traditional Haka dance into a lame ass dance— Laith Mughrabi (@LKM_juve) 21 April 2016
The haka is a traditional Maori war dance performed by New Zealand sports teams, most famously the country’s rugby team.
The Milan version, however, failed to get the home team fired up, as they played out a 0-0 draw against 17th-placed Capri – a result that leaves AC sixth in the table.
If you want to see how the whole thing should really be done, take a look at the video below.