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Although England hasn’t performed well in the World Cup, one company tried to capitalize on the team’s popularity with a mug that included the image of player Chris Smalling. If you attempted to purchase the mug, however, you probably noticed that the image on the mug isn’t Smalling, but U.S. President Barack Obama.
Although the U.S. president does not play center-back for Manchester United, he is featured on the cup wearing a jersey.
According to a report, the company is blaming the mishap on a young employee:
The Dorset company in question (whose blushes we shall protect for now….maybe!) was given the seemingly easy job of sourcing royalty free pictures of each England squad player to use on the England mugs – along with other accompanying items such as England coasters, England mouse mats etc. They passed this onto to their young, bright eyed and bushy tailed new apprentice. The designs were proofed and signed off by the Boss, who had clearly had a heavy night with the lads playing poker and before he’d had his first vat of coffee the following morning.
On the bright side, these mugs are likely to become collector’s items so they will still probably get sold. And for the record, there is a slight resemblance between Obama and Smalling, although there’s also quite an age difference.
But you have to ask yourself if the president is going to allow his image to be sold with him being misidentified as a soccer player. Also, did they photoshop his face onto another person wearing the Manchester jersey? The mysteries continue, don’t they?