Man City’s Europa League opponents Aris Thessaloniki were forced to pulp the match programmes for their Tuesday evening clash after inadvertently printing a spoof City squad photo.
The Photoshopped intruder featured a 60-man squad including Wayne Rooney, Kaká, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lionel Messi, Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba and Mesut Ozil. Even ‘Where’s Wally?’ makes an appearance!
The error was spotted by City chief executive Garry Cook when he was offered a sneak preview of the programme at a pre-match function.
The City delegation saw the funny side, but red-faced Aris insisted on destroying all the programmes. The mistake has been blamed on the club’s bungling editorial team, who searched the internet for a team photo and stumbled upon an entry to the Guardian’s weekly The Gallery section.
The few programmes that were distributed before the mistake was spotted are set to become highly sought after and have already begun to hit eBay.