Video: Irish Cup draw balls up

Posted by - January 16, 2011 - Football videos, Oddballs

There’s only two number 10s

The live TV draw for the sixth round of the JJB Irish Cup descended into farce after the same number was called out twice.

Poor old ball number 10 – Warrenpoint Town or Cliftonville – was handed two ties in quick succession.

Ironically, the problem was caused by a combination of Irish FA senior clubs chairman Robert Cupples’ poor eyesight and the mark on the number 6 ball – which is supposed to decrease the chances of any confusion by differentiating the number 6 and number 9.

IFA official Andy Johnston knew a blunder had been made as soon as the real number 10 was drawn. Although the TV cameras present have opened the error up to a much larger audience, they did make it easy to spot where the mistake had been made and confirm the correct set of fixtures.