Fans annoyed by frequency of kit-changes
For a while, it has been accepted that Premier League teams change at least one kit per season. Normally, at least one of the kits stays around for two seasons. Of course, it is a bit of a rip-off, but you don't expect anything else from a football club, right?
Well, this year, we'll see a spate of new kits, despite the fact that new shirts were only released last season. There'll be 18 new home kits this season from teams who released new shirts this time last year.
The worst offenders are Tottenham who have launched three new kits every year for six seasons in a row. At £45-a-pop, it isn't cheap for fans or people with demanding children.
The only teams that didn't release new kits last term are Arsenal and Liverpool who both have new products out this time around.
It isn't illegal for clubs to release a new strip every season, but it does fly in the face of the recommendations made by the Football Task Force which looked to give football fans a fairer deal.
The BBC report that Premier League rules state that teams must "allow for market research to be undertaken with regard to the frequency of strip changes and to its design", whilst also "identifying the intervals at which strip changes are intended to take place and the date of the next intended change" and each club's customer charter must be available to the public, outlining its policy with regard to ticketing and merchandise.
Of course, no club has liaised with fans and, during a rather sticky financial climate, it seems rather insensitive to offer new strips to the fans so frequently. It is little wonder that more and more fans are looking toward places like Toffs to buy retro kits.
Former sports minister Kate Hoey spat: "The Premier League clubs are a law unto themselves and if people keep buying them then they will keep selling them."
No such problem for Man United fans in Malaysia though, where the new kit has been banned because of the devil on the club crest. Sky News report that the badge has been deemed "dangerous and un-Islamic". One religious cleric has stated that: "This is very dangerous. As a Muslim we should not worship the symbols of other religions or the devils. It will erode our belief in Islam. There is no reason why we as Muslims should wear such jerseys, either for sports or fashion reasons."
TOPICS: Consumer Advice