Barack Obama Appears in England World Cup Shirt in Ridiculous Souvenir Mug Gaffe

BR-UK StaffFeatured Columnist IVJune 23, 2014


Well, this is embarrassing. A Dorset-based company tasked with producing commemorative England World Cup mugs made a right mess of it, mistaking Manchester United centre-back Chris Smalling for President of the United States Barack Obama.

The mystery company then offloaded its stock onto Wholesale Clearance UK, whose representative, Karl Baxter, clarified the situation:

The Dorset company in question 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 their 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.

While we can understand a young intern not knowing what Chris Smalling looks like, it's a touch harder to excuse not being able to recognise the American president.

In the apprentice's defence, Mr. Obama has played exactly as many minutes at this World Cup as Chris Smalling.