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Thousands of Euro Super League footie shirts on sale for £2 after plot collapse

A marketing own goal has seen thousands of European Super League football shirts go on sale for just £2.

The official jerseys – in the colours of the six English teams who signed up for the ill-fated competition – were meant to retail for £29.99.

On Saturday, they will put in the bargain bin at a whopping 93 per cent discount.

More than 70,000 of the “new era” shirts, which feature the traditional colours of Premier League giants Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool, were destined for a well-known high street sports store before the plug was unceremoniously pulled on the competition following fans’ fury.

It means the merchandise is now as inaccurate as it is worthless.

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The back of the intended Liverpool shirt

Chelsea's front says 'new era'
Chelsea’s front says ‘new era’

They have been snapped up by Poole-based Wholesale Clearance UK which thinks they might eventually become collector’s items.

A spokesman said: “We have been tasked with the challenge of finding buyers for football shirts promoting the European Super League.

“Unless you have been living under a rock the past couple of days it was created and subsequently disbanded in the space of two days.

Liverpool's shirt also carries the phrase
Liverpool’s shirt also carries the phrase

Man Utd's intended new shirt was in a bold red
Man Utd’s intended new shirt was in a bold red

“With this in mind we have an exclusive one-off offer.

“A ‘new era’ the shirts say, but now the Super League has been sidelined, these are limited-edition time capsules of the worst 48-hours for any football fan.

“So if you want to be a proud owner of one of these shirts to remind yourselves of how terrible the owners still are, now is your chance.”

Manchester City's shirt had a touch of yellow on it
Manchester City’s shirt had a touch of yellow on it

Tottenham's jersey had slashes of black
Tottenham’s jersey had slashes of black

Wholesale Clearance UK has 72,000 shirts arriving in a 40ft container.

In one of the most vocal grassroots rebellions ever seen the European Super League plan was announced on Sunday night, but collapsed after clubs were forced to withdraw and issue public apologies in the face of protests.

The announcement saw fans burn shirts and wave placards outside stadiums and prompted unprecedented public statements from Football Association President Prince William and Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemning the move.

Man Utd's shirt also included bits of yellow
Man Utd’s shirt also included bits of yellow

Arsenal's shirt stuck with the red and white - even if fans did not stick with the plan
Arsenal’s shirt stuck with the red and white – even if fans did not stick with the plan

The 15 clubs who signed up for the breakaway competition in secret were AC Milan, Internazionale and Juventus of Italy, Spain’s Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, and Real Madrid, as well as the English contingent.

The Wholesale Clearance UK spokesman added: “They would also make a good present for friends who support a top six side or, if you simply want to buy it to burn on arrival, our offer can help with that too.”




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