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Linfield's 'UVF' Kit Is Really Causing A Storm In Northern Ireland

Linfield's 'UVF' Kit Is Really Causing A Storm In Northern Ireland
By Gary Connaughton Updated

The landscape of football in Northern Ireland is quite unique. Much like many other areas over the the past half century plus, people's loyalties in the game were dictated by their religious beliefs.

If you were a Protestant you generally supported Northern Ireland, while Catholic football fans would usually follow the Republic. While Northern Ireland have made an attempt to ease this divide in recent years, it is still very much present at club level.

The likes of Cliftonville would have a largely Catholic fanbase, while Linfield would certainly be known for having a pretty much exclusively Protestant following.

The most successful club in Northern Ireland, they have long been accused of hardly being the most welcoming to visit fans from across the divide. The club or its supporters have hardly done too much to change that assessment.

When they announced their new away kit for the 20/21 season yesterday, it seemingly featured a not so subtle nod to their political leanings.

That looks suspiciously like the flag of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF), the unionist terrorist organisation which killed over 500 people, most of whom were Catholic civilians.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the UVF's flag this is what it looks like:

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Yikes.

Considering the reputation held by Linfield, many have unsurprisingly pointed out the similarity between the kit and the flag is in very poor taste.

Despite the uproar, the kit has nearly sold out on the Linfield website, with only a few in one size remaining.

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