FA Cup - FA red-faced after flag blunder

Sat, 14 May 11:51:00 2011

Tens of thousands of flags printed for the FA Cup final had to be altered at the last minute after they were printed with the wrong teams on.

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Around 60,000 free banners were produced for the Wembley showpiece between Manchester City and Stoke City.

However, a mistake by the suppliers meant a strip at the bottom of the two-foot-three flags named the beaten semi-finalists.

City flags said they were playing Bolton, who lost to Stoke in the last four, while the Stoke flags said they were playing Manchester United, who were beaten by City last month.

Workers had to slice off the offending part of the flags using craft knives.

And FA spokesperson said: "The flags had the incorrect details printed on them despite the third party supplier being sent the correct details by the FA.

"We have since amended the flags and they will be in place to help fans enjoy what will be a memorable occasion."

Eurosport

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