An investigation was underway today after a so-called ‘crowd mosaic’ intended to illustrate an important FA message promoting England as World Cup hosts for 2018 was re-arranged to create an obscene picture of a man’s private parts.
The embarrassment occurred at Liverpool’s home game against Arsenal, which was live on Sky Sports One and transmitted all around the world. At the beginning of the game, with millions of football fans watching across five continents, the cue went out for Liverpool supporters to hold up their pieces of paper. But the resulting image was nothing like the one the organizers had been expecting.
Initial enquiries suggest that the culprits were the local junior schoolboy’s football team who had been given the privilege of laying out all the sheets of paper on the correct seats before the game. ‘It would appear that one foolish and immature boy led the others astray, having gone to all the trouble of working out an entirely different mosaic on his computer,’ said an FA spokesman.
When held up by fans before the game, the mosaic should have shown a giant Nike tick, under the message ‘England World Cup 2018’ but instead TV viewers were surprized to a large cartoon penis, with the message ‘England Big Cock 2018’
‘These boys haven’t just let themselves down,’ said 1966 World Cup winner Bobby Charlton, ‘they have let down their school, their club and their country.’
The President of FIFA, Sepp Blatter who was seated directly opposite the offending image did not comment on whether the prank might affect England’s chances of hosting the world’s top sporting event. However he was overheard asking if the 2018 World Cup dates clashed with England’s Big Cock competition.