Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney posted a picture of the Ivory Coast flag instead of the Irish one in a St Patrick’s Day Instagram message.
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.