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08th Aug 2022

Delivery of new Leeds United shirts delayed after shipping containers were plunged into the sea

Daniel Brown

Only 10,000 away jerseys have been made available so far

The arrivals of Leeds United shirts has reportedly been delayed after shipping containers on a boat being used to bring them in from south east Asia plunged into the sea.

According to the Daily Mail, a severe outbreak of covid-19 in Singapore – where the Adidas kits are manufactured – was responsible for an initial delay in delivering the kit. However, the shipping containers ending up at the bottom of sea has caused further delays.

It is thought that only 10,000 away jerseys have been made available so far, with the Yorkshire club usually selling around 300,000 jerseys.

There are concerns amongst many that the delivery of shirts could continue to be delayed, especially with a World Cup at the end of the year – where England shirts are likely to be in high demand.

Supply chain issues hit clubs

According to a report from the BBC last month, fewer than half of English Football and Premier League clubs had both their new home and away kits available to buy online ahead of the season.

One English Football League chief executive told the BBC that his club had signed off kit designs in October, and orders were placed shortly afterwards. However, he added that neither their new home or away kit were available to sell yet.

Manufacturer Adidas said: “Like many other industries, we continue to be confronted with limited port and transport capacities.

“We understand the frustration felt by the fans at this time and we have worked in close collaboration with our club partners to find the best solution on delivering the product as soon we can.”

Leeds began their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 victory over Wolves at Elland Road on Saturday thanks to Rodrigo Moreno’s strike and an own goal from Rayan Aït-Nouri.

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