Someone had a bad day at the office today at Guardian HQ and I can imagine it didn’t go down very well – especially under the circumstances.
It’s all well and good writing about racism and the problem sport has with discrimination both online and in front of fans on a pitch, but if you’re going to do that, it’s probably best to be as accurate as possible – and avoid any sort of obvious mistakes.
The three main protagonists in said article were Mario Balotelli, Danny Welbeck and Mario Balotelli. No, sorry, Daniel Sturridge was supposed to be the third one – but someone mistook him for Mario. Again. On the same page. Just inches from the first one. And wrote Daniel Sturridge above it, with their fingers.
This all happened on the same day news broke that Mario Balotelli has been racially abused over 4,000 times on social media since August 2014.
An extremely unfortunate error at an extremely unfortunate time, which, in today’s social media controlled world was never going to go unnoticed.
And it certainly hasn’t.