Magpies admit embarrassment over calendar image mistakes
Newcastle United say they deeply regret the release of an official 2020 calendar that contains pictures of three players who are no longer at the club and one with a fan making a rude gesture in the background.
Supporters were stunned to discover the club's desktop calendar, sold as official merchandise with the club crest and branding, included pictures of Ayoze Perez, Salomon Rondon and Kenedy, who all left last summer.
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Indeed, Perez, who is the picture selected for January, scored against Newcastle on New Year's Day for his new club Leicester City. Rondon also features heavily, even though he was only on loan at Newcastle last term. There is also a picture of the Brazilian winger Kenedy, who returned to Chelsea in May at the end of his loan deal.
One of the pictures also shows an opposition fan in the background swearing at Newcastle players as they celebrate a goal wearing last season's away kit.
Club officials have admitted the calendar should not have contained so many out-of-date images and that the product did not go through proper quality control, even though it was seen by club employees before it went on sale. An internal investigation has been launched to determine how this happened.
The shoddy quality is partly explained by the fact the calendar was produced under licence by a company, Danilo, which requires the images to be sent at the end of June. The calendars are then printed in South Korea before they are shipped back for sale.
Senior club figures are embarrassed and accept they should have far higher standards.
Fans have also pointed out on social media that Manchester United shorts are being sold via the club's official website, which is run by owner Mike Ashley's Sports Direct retail chain.
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