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Greeks embarrassed as spoof Man City squad picture used in match programme

Manchester City fans asking ‘where’s wally’ as pulped match programme earns collectors’ item status.

THEY HAVE A strong squad – but it’s not this impressive.

Aris Thessaloniki club officials published a fake image depicting a 60-man Manchester City panel in the official programme produced for this week’s Europa League clash in Greece.

The five extra rows at the rear of the real squad are crammed with the best of world football: the likes of Wayne Rooney, Kaká and Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lionel Messi.

City chief Garry Cook spotted the error at a pre-match function, according to the Guardian. Daniel Taylor writes: “The City delegation made it clear to their hosts they could see the funny side. But the Aris directors were so embarrassed they decided on the spot that the programme had to be pulped, regardless of the costs.

Aris have since explained that the editorial team, searching the internet for a photograph of the City squad, had instead located a ‘Where’s Wally?’ spoof picture which first appeared as a gallery entry on the Guardian’s website and did not realise the difference. ‘Wally’ can be found between Joe Hart and James Milner – just in front of Ibrahimovic.

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