Detergent firm Procter & Gamble stirred anger in Germany after accidentally putting a neo-Nazi code on promotional packs of Ariel washing powder.

Shoppers were outraged by packs showing a large number 88 on a white football jersey.

Nazi slogans are banned in Germany, but neo-Nazis use 88 to represent Heil Hitler because H is the eighth letter of the alphabet. Number 18 is used to stand for AH or Adolf Hitler. P&G acknowledged the number was "unintentionally ambiguous". The firm stopped shipping the offending powder and a liquid detergent promoted as Ariel 18.

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