Manchester United’s club shop was unable to sell shirts bearing the name of new £75million striker Rasmus Højlund for more than a month — because it did not have any Danish ‘øs’ in stock.
Frustrated fans branded the club ‘incompetent’ after being told that the Old Trafford Megastore was waiting on a delivery of the letter to spell out the star signing’s surname.
Højlund arrived from Atalanta in early August. But fans who tried to buy his shirt as late as Friday were told it wasn’t possible and promised an update on Wednesday. One United follower, who wanted to buy a shirt as a birthday present, said it showed how the club cannot get ‘the most basic’ things right.
‘It’s incompetence,’ the fan said. ‘The big summer signing and you still can’t get a shirt with his name on it because nobody saw fit to get the Danish ‘ø’ delivered. It’s indicative of a business that is a shambles even in the most basic ways.’
United insist that, despite the message sent on Friday, the ‘øs’ actually arrived on Thursday and added that the shirts are now — finally — on sale.
Man United’s club shop was unable to sell shirts bearing the name of Rasmus Højlund for more than a month
The club did not have any Danish ‘øs’ in stock, so were unable to sell the shirt to fans
United insist that the ‘øs’ arrived on Thursday and added that the shirts are now on sale
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Chelsea recognise women’s success at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea have finally recognised the success of their women’s team at Stamford Bridge.
Banners noting the side’s many achievements have gone up alongside those of the men at the stadium.
Emma Hayes’s team, who normally call Kingsmeadow home, will be play at Stamford Bridge seven times this season.
Dementia fund ‘an insult’
The announcement of a new dementia fund last week received a favourable response across football. However, not everyone believes that the move, led by the Premier League and Professional Footballers’ Association, goes far enough.
An initial £1million has been made available to help former players and their families who are struggling with neurodegenerative diseases and will include payments for care home costs. The fund, one of the demands in the Daily Mail’s ‘Enough is Enough’ campaign, is meant to provide support while a new charity is set up to act as a long-term vehicle and was described by Maheta Molango, chief executive of the PFA, as ‘an important step forward’.
But John Stiles, son of World Cup winner Nobby who passed away in 2020, is not impressed. Stiles has written to Molango and Premier League CEO Richard Masters. He says he is ‘sickened to see that a mere £1m has been allocated’ and describes the sum as ‘an insult to the players and their families dead and dying’. Stiles fears the fund is a ‘cheap and nasty deal’, adding it is ‘not good enough’.
Nobby Stiles suffered from dementia and his son, John, has written to Premier League CEO Richard Masters over the dementia fund
Becks turns to one of his own
David Beckham has turned to one of his own to help Salford City, the club he co-owns with fellow Class of ’92 stars.
On deadline day Ethan Ingram joined the League Two side from West Bromwich Albion on a season-long loan.
The 20-year-old full back, who has played for England at Under-17, 18 and 20 levels, is represented by Footwork, the agency Beckham (right) set up with pals in 2019.
In-game interview plot
In-game interviews with Premier League stars could soon become commonplace if broadcasters get their way. International partners have told league bosses they want improved access while matches are taking place and have made proposals that they want to be part of the deal for the next cycle of rights.
Alongside cameras in dressing rooms, broadcasters want to be able to speak to players moments after they have been subbed.
Clubs would have to provide a player to speak from the bench on a set number of occasions with the hope that viewers would hear from someone who has made a match-changing contribution. Agenda understands the prospect received a lukewarm response when relayed to clubs last week.
Clubs would have to provide a player to speak from the bench on a set number of occasions as broadcasters want in-game interviews to become commonplace
London law firm to launch specialist reputation consultancy
SCHILLINGS — the renowned London law firm well known for their specialism in defamation — are to launch a new specialist reputation consultancy. However, the company have not got off to the best start.
A press release, announcing the birth of the venture, named Victoria O’Byrne as a founding partner and stated that she was ‘communications director’ at the London 2012 Olympics.
That claim may well come as a surprise to Jackie Brock-Doyle CBE, who actually held that title. Schillings subsequently qualified that O’Brien was communications director of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Cricket likely to be added to 2028 Olympic games
There is growing consternation in the United States that cricket will be added to the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics at the expense of the national sports of baseball and softball. The decision, following intense negotiations between the IOC and LA28, was expected on Friday but has been delayed.
LA28 are fully aware that baseball/softball would be a guaranteed sell-out at the Games and that cricket may struggle to attract stadium audiences.
However, the IOC are thought to be desperate to get cricket on to the programme to kick-start an India bid for the 2036 Games. Tapping into the vast Indian market is understood to be high on the IOC’s agenda.