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The original Bohemian FC away jersey featuring Bob Marley’s image

The original Bohemian FC away jersey featuring Bob Marley’s image

The original Bohemian FC away jersey featuring Bob Marley’s image

Bohemians have been forced to scrap their Bob Marley-inspired away kit over image rights issues.

The north Dublin club went viral last month after releasing images of the white jersey, which featured a large image of the legendary reggae artist in the right corner.

The jersey made headlines worldwide, with Bohs saying it was inspired by a gig Marley played at their Dalymount Park ground in July 1980.

It is understood that pre-order sales for the jersey eclipsed the total number of sales for home and away jerseys combined last year.

The club revealed that they had interest in the jersey from people in 45 countries.

However, the club have now been forced to offer refunds on all of the jerseys after discussions with the Bob Marley representative agency.

Process

"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," the club said in a statement yesterday.

"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."

It is understood that while some prototypes of the jersey had been produced, they had not been made in bulk.

The redesigned jersey keeps the rastafarian stripes of the initial Bob Marley-styled kit.

However, a clenched fist is used instead of the Marley image.

"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," Bohemians said.

Regret

"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."

"The clenched, raised fist, is a symbol of solidarity and support used to express unity, strength and resistance," the club added.


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