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Kolo Toure offers to change name after fan’s tattoo blunder

A Liverpool fan got a tattoo of Kolo Toure’s name misspelt on his foot – so the player has offered to change his name to spare the supporter’s blushes.

In one of the stranger stories to emerge this week, 20-year-old Dom Pearson tweeted a picture of the tattoo-gone-wrong.

The student had been so impressed with the new signing that he decided to pay tribute in ink, although he was on holiday at the time.

He said he was "too p*ssed to notice" that the tattoo artist had spelt the Ivorian defender’s name ‘Kolo Touro’, providing much mirth for Twitter users.

The story went viral, appearing in a variety of newspapers in the UK, with the player himself alerted to the blooper. The former Arsenal and Manchester City stopper the offered to change his name in a re-tweet of the original story:

The injured defender then tweeted the fan directly, asking to meet him and claiming he would have the name on his shirt changed accordingly:

Obviously Toure’s comment was tongue-in-cheek, as has much of the proud owner’s response to the abuse he has received on the social networking site.

It's not the first time a football fan has made a mess of a tribute tattoo. But it's certainly one of the funniest.

And it's not as if the players themselves are immune to tattoo howlers - just ask Nile Ranger.