Spanish sports daily AS has been forced to apologise after a "computer graphics error" saw it airbrush out a player in an image of a controversial offside decision.
Dani Alves set up David Villa's opening goal in Barcelona's 2-1 victory over Athletic Bilbao last Sunday but there was some suggestion that he might have been offside when he received the ball from team-mate Xavi.
However, AS seemed to leave its readers in no doubt that Alves WAS offside in its Monday print edition as the paper's photo of the incident saw the last Athletic Bilbao defender mysteriously absent from the shot.
The paper was forced to correct the error with a "before and after" screengrab of the respective photos to set the record straight (see below).
"Pedimos disculpas por un error en la infografía del 1-0," was the headline which translates to: "We apologise for the error in the computer graphics in the 1-0 incident."
AS's motives for doctoring the photo might have something to do with the fact that it is a Madrid-based paper that focuses much of its coverage on Barcelona's fierce rivals Real.
However, the paper's logic seems all the more questionable when you consider that Alves still looked offside even with the last man added to the photo.
Make up your own mind by looking at AS's apology below - with screenshots of the 'offside'.
- Athletic Bilbao
- Dani Alves