He may be one of the most photographed men in the world — and yet World Cup souvenir sellers in England still managed to mix up Barack Obama with England defender Chris Smalling on memento mugs.
An unnamed company wanted to — unlike England — take the World Cup by storm with their merchandise. Unfortunately, someone at the company either lacked soccer knowledge or simply boycotts national newspapers. After realizing their error the company contacted re-sellers Wholesale Clearance UK to see if they could flog 2000 mugs featuring the faces of England stars…and the President of the United States.
Karl Baxter MD for Wholesale Clearance explains 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.
"They immediately contacted us and 2,000 of the England items was dispatched to our warehouse. We eagerly unpacked them and, indeed it turned out that the Chris Smalling cup had Barack Obama’s head on it instead of Chris’."