Bohemians cancel their Bob Marley jersey due to licencing complications
What a shame.
League of Ireland club Bohemians attracted worldwide attention when they revealed their Bob Marley-inspired away jersey for next season.
Publications all over the world where singing the praises of the jersey, including Marca and Sports Illustrated.
But unfortunately, they can no longer supply the Bob Marley jersey as advertised.
In a statement, the football club explained the situation, saying:
"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."
They also announced that 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.
The redesigned jersey features a raised fist where Bob Marley's face was, which is supposed to represent a symbol of solidarity and support used to express unity, strength and resistance.
It's pretty damn nice.
They also decided to give 10% of the profits from this jersey to a fund, which will continue the already fan-led and previously fan-funded initiative of bringing people living in Direct Provision to games at Dalymount Park.
Bohs described these people as being: "among the most unrepresented people on our island."
Fair play to them.
You can read their statement in full, and also find more information about potential refunds, here.