League Of Ireland side Bohemian FC has released a statement this afternoon after being forced to pull the Bob Marley-inspired away jersey they were due to wear next season.
The new design drew a lot of attention when it was unveiled last month and split opinion between those who thought it was great and those who thought it was, well, not so great.
It now seems that fans of the Dublin club won’t be able to get their hands on the jersey after all as the club have been ordered that they can no longer supply the jersey due to a licensing issue.
A statement reads:
‘The Bohemian Football Club was recently contacted by the Bob Marley representative agency in connection with our away jersey for the 2019 season, which featured an image of Bob Marley.
Bohemian Football Club acted in good faith and followed the correct process when purchasing the licence for this image via a world-leading third-party photo licensing company.
However, the Bob Marley representative agency has informed us that this company did not have the right to grant any such licence for this image. We are dealing with this separately.
Subsequently, following direct correspondence with the Bob Marley representative agency, they cannot license the image to the Bohemian Football Club due to their own contractual and other obligations.
Consequently, we can no longer supply the jersey with the image of Bob Marley as advertised.
For anyone who already registered for the 2019 away jersey, we are offering, at your discretion: 1) a full refund of the price paid, 2) a shop credit note or 3) the new redesigned away jersey.
Details of how to apply for this are at the bottom of this page.
We greatly regret that we cannot offer the original jersey as designed but believe that the new design, while maintaining the colour scheme for a nod to Dalymount’s musical history, also brings with it a powerful message.’
— Bohemian FC ????⚫ (@bfcdublin) November 5, 2018
Well, that’s the end of that. The club goes on to say of the new design ‘The clenched, raised fist, is a a symbol of solidarity and support used to express unity, strength and resistance.’ Could It Be Loved? We’ll have to wait until next season to find out.
Bohs’ full statement can be read here.