Sports website slammed for branding Wales with England football badge
A sports website has been slammed for branding Wales with the England football badge.
The Athletic UK came under fire for its graphic in an article that attempts to connect the members of England’s Euro 2020 squad to each of the 92 clubs in the English Football League – three of which are in Wales.
It depicts a map of England and Wales, all of which is branded with the three lions. The map is also missing Ynys Môn.
It was pointed out by angry people on social media that Wales has its own national football time, and it is also competing at Euro 2020.
It was described as a “travesty” by one person and another tweeted said that it “offends my soul”.
Could somebody – anybody – have a word about this travesty of a graphic?
— Owen Williams 🏴 (@OwsWills) June 7, 2021
The headline of the article in The Athletic UK says: The squad the 92 built: The reasons every club should feel a connection to England’s Euro 2020 team.”
The article continues: “The squad has been named, the cuts have been made, football’s coming home.
“Or so some say. Across England, fans are getting their tournament wallcharts pinned up, ready to fill in; gatherings large, small and socially distanced will be planned and some beer-and-crisps runs may have already taken place.
“And this will be happening everywhere, not just in Manchester or Liverpool or London, where England’s big players are at England’s big clubs.”
‘Offends my soul’
ITV Wales journalist Paul Davies said: “This offends my soul”.
Social media expert Owen Williams said: “Has @TheAthleticUK’s editorial board never heard of @Cymru? Could somebody – anybody – have a word about this travesty of a graphic? Absolutely pathetic. Somebody show @iangwyn”.
Red Squirrel Marketing said: “Ummmmmm a few things up with this image @TheAthleticUK @TheAthletic
“(We understand that a few Welsh clubs make up the 92 in the English football pyramid… but c’mon, don’t cover Cymru in white and at least include Ynys Môn) @OwsWills.”