Rangers’ retail partners Castore have suffered yet another suspicious kit leak as Newcastle United fans get a glimpse of their somewhat Saudi-inspired away kit.
The now Manchester-based retailers have suffered from a series of leaks this season as they fluff their lines with the Rangers home kit and images of the club’s away kit emerged this week.
Castore accidentally sent out next season’s home jersey to a supporter who tried to buy the Legends kit from this season.
The club’s proposed white and red away top also leaked this week and – surprise surprise – polarised supporters.
It’s given rise to much criticism of the retailer with many Rangers fans viewing the leaks as unprofessional. And they’re not the only ones.
The Rangers kit leaks are also supplemented by leaks of the Aston Villa, Wolves and Newcastle United jerseys for next season.
Now, Castore finds itself at the centre of controversy after leaked images of a Newcastle United white away jersey with green trim which looks every inch like a Saudi Arabia jersey appeared online [Daily Mail].
Rangers partners Castore have controversial Newcastle jersey leaked
Newcastle United have used green in their away jerseys in the past but releasing this in the first full season since the Saudi-led takeover will inevitably give rise to accusations of sportswashing.
Newcastle United fans were obviously delighted to get rid of Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley and it’s hard to blame fans for being excited about a new era at St James’ Park.
But the Saudi Arabian regime stand accused of various human rights abuses and for many their takeover of Newcastle United should not have been granted.
Castore – who signed the kit deal with Newcastle before the takeover – hit the jackpot when the PIF-led takeover was complete but find themselves at the middle of the controversy following the leak.
Whatever the case, it’s yet another example of the company being unable to keep their kits in house and Rangers fans may take some solace in the fact it’s not just images of their jerseys which are making their way on to the internet before time.
Castore aren’t the only ones coming under fire right now either, as the Rangers Board feel the wrath of fans ahead of the Europa League Final.