Saturday 10 December 2016

Wayne Rooney wishes everyone a happy St Patrick's Day, uses wrong flag for Ireland

Published 17/03/2016 | 13:17

Wayne Rooney mistakenly posted a picture of the Ivory Coast flag instead of the Irish one in a St Patrick's Day social media message.

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The England striker, who is of Irish descent, published a picture of himself with former Manchester United team-mates Jonny Evans and John O'Shea - from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland respectively - holding the Premier League trophy.

Underneath the photo Rooney initially added the text: "#TBT (throwback Thursday) - Celebrating with my mates. Happy St Patrick's Day" followed by three emojis - a 'thumbs up', a shamrock and an image of the Ivory Coast flag.

Rooney's post was ridiculed by some Instagram users. In a reference to Ivorian Manchester City star Yaya Toure, user axgil wrote: "Happy Yaya Day."

The Irish and Ivorian flags feature the same three colours - green, white and orange - with the African nation's flag in reverse order to the Irish one.

Rooney later changed his post to show the correct Irish flag emoji.

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