It's fair to say Linfield's new away kit was a rather large talking point in the world of football over the last couple of days.
The Belfast club gave a first glimpse at the kit they would wear in the 20/21 season, but one thing immediately stood out. Considering Linfield's reputation as a staunch unionist club many noticed the striking similarity between the kit and the flag of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), the unionist terrorist organisation which killed over 500 people, most of whom were Catholic civilians.
Many assumed this similarity was intentional, but the club themselves claims this was not the case.
Linfields new away kit is about as subtle as a chainsaw 👀 pic.twitter.com/GfBLcV0IKG
— Stephen Todd (@UbuntuLad) June 10, 2020
In a statement released on their website, Linfield said any similarities between their new kit and the UVF's flag were unintentional:
The design has met with approval from large numbers of supporters but unfortunately and sadly, there have been certain suggestions from a small number from outside the club which this club can not ignore.
For the avoidance of all doubt, the design is of a football kit for a football club and any similarity/likeness/resemblance with any other design used by any other entity is totally coincidental and entirely unintentional.
Any allegation or inference to the contrary is robustly and vigorously rejected by this club which prides itself on being inclusive, open to all and representative of all.
Linfield FC is totally opposed to all forms of bigotry, prejudice, violence and discrimination.
Despite the controversy surrounding the kit, it has proven to be hugely popular amongst the team's supporters. At the time of writing, it is sold out in all but one adult size on the club's website.