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American football player carries Philippine flag upside down

American football player Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks. Twitter photo

MANILA, Philippines - National Football League wide receiver Doug Baldwin of the Seattle Seahawks carried the Philippine flag before the start of a match with the Minnesota Vikings in a bid to raise funds for victims of super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) on Monday.

The flag, however, was upside down with the red portion on top of the blue. A Philippine flag with the red stripe flown upwards means the country is in a state of war.

Asked by a Twitter user why the flag was inverted, the team responded:

The Seahawks started a fundraiser among its supporters for the typhoon-stricken Visayas, having solicited over $24,000 for the relief operations to be coursed through the Red Cross in Washington.

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For Monday's game alone, the team managed to raise $12,070, according to its Twitter account.

The Seahawks took every round, accumulating a score of 41 against the Vikings' 20.

In 2010, the United States government apologized for displaying an inverted Philippine flag in a meeting among world leaders led by American President Barack Obama.

In other countries such as the United Kingdom, a flag flown upside down is a sign of distress.

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