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'Mementos of football's worst 48 hours': Thousands of £29.99 European Super League football shirts up for sale for £2

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 24/04/2021 Giles Sheldrick & Jessica Sansome

Thousands of football shirts emblazoned with the ill-fated European Super League are set to be sold for £2.

The jerseys were meant to retail for £29.99 and were designed in the colours of the six English teams who signed up for proposed competition - including Manchester United and Manchester City.

The controversial ESL plans were proposed at the start of the week but quickly collapsed following outrage supporters, players and pundits.

The government also disagreed with the plans as did Prince William - the Football Association's (FA) president.

It would have seen six Premier League clubs - completed with Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Tottenham - signing up to join the breakaway continental league with teams from Italy and Spain.

But prior to the massive fallout, more than 70,000 of the "new era" shirts were destined for a well-known high street sports store before the plug was unceremoniously pulled on the competition, the Mirror reports.

Now, they have no use.

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.

a person in a blue shirt: The back of what would have been Manchester City's shirt © wholesaleclearance.co.uk The back of what would have been Manchester City's shirt

"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."

The spokesman continued: "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."

Wholesale Clearance UK is due to receive 72,000 shirts which are arriving in a 40ft container.

a person with collar shirt: Manchester United were merely tagged as 'Manchester' © wholesaleclearance.co.uk Manchester United were merely tagged as 'Manchester'

Notably, Manchester United were simply tagged as 'Manchester' on the front of the shirt while the Blues got their full title.

The Wholesale Clearance UK spokesman also 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."

On Thursday the government announced a review into the way English football is run which could result in new laws to protect the game.

The review will be led by former sports minister Tracey Crouch, and it will aim to give fans a greater say in how their clubs are run, among other proposals.

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