D'oh! US President Barack Obama mistaken for Chris Smalling on England souvenir mug | inside World Soccer

A bumbling souvenir company have had to flog their entire stock of World Cup mugs after mistaking US President Barack Obama for England player Chris Smalling.

D'oh! US President Barack Obama mistaken for Chris Smalling on England souvenir mug
Photo: Facebook/WholesaleClearanceUkLtd

The unnamed company clearly wanted a quick cash in on the money to be made with anything with an England flag or player plastered across it and so launched into production a line of mugs with the players' face on it.

But when they unpacked the 2,000 mugs, it was noticed that the memento had a minor but noticeable printing error, mistaking Manchester United defender Smalling for US President Obama.

Upon realising their mistake, the company turned to expert clearance resellers Wholesale Clearance UK to dump the error-filled inventory.

The item description explains what happened:

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.

Due to our ongoing commitment to help local companies get their products noticed, last Wednesday 2,000 of each of the England items came into the warehouse. We eagerly unpacked them and on close inspection it turned out that the Chris Smalling cup had Barack Obama's head on instead of Chris's.

The apprentice claims that he used that well known search engine, Google, to source the pictures. The thing is he's more of a rugby fan and not very clued up on football. Suffice to say that when he Google image searched 'Chris Smalling' he copied the first picture he liked the look of and the result was that the President of the United States has ended up on an England cup instead of the English defender.

If you are interested in purchasing the Obama England mugs, Wholesale Clearance is selling the memorabilia for £2,000.


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