A soccer team from Essex named Stambridge United (clearly not English Premiere League) have their new unis banned because they have “The Referee is a Wanker” on them. They actually played a few games with those shirts before the league decided they were too offensive. As you know, you can practically put anything on a soccer uniform if you pay enough money. Usually it’s Vodafone or Nokia or whatever but this team was sponsored by an author who wrote a book called “The Referee is a Wanker” about football chants.
We’re sad that this didn’t go through. It was only a matter of time before corporate greed made its way into American sports (remember the whole Spiderman on the basepads brouhaha?) and we could have anything we wanted on football uniforms. “The referee is a wanker”? Imagine if Jeremy Shockey bought the rights to his own uniform and put “Bill Parcells is a homo”.
Or the millions they’d make from fans of rival teams buying the rights or paying money just to retain the rights. (Yankees vs Red Sox anyone?) Sure it wouldn’t be worth it to any of the big leagues but this is a minor league promotion waiting to happen.
[Sun UK]: Footie team ‘W*nker’ strip ban