A MAJOR menswear retailer has been forced to withdraw a t-shirt from its stores after it drew complaints from Rangers fans over the use of an image depicting an “undead” Ibrox side as playing in the “underworld division championships”.
A t-shirt stocked at Burton featured an altered image of the club’s founders posing for a photograph below a slogan that read: “Stolen souls play ‘til the death”. The men depicted in the photo, taken in 1877 just five years after the club was formed, had skulls instead of faces. Underneath the photo, the t-shirt said: “The team of lost souls, underworld division championships.”
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Rangers fans protested on social media over the t-shirts, which were labelled “offensive” and “disgraceful” by supporters.
In a statement, Burton said: “We wish to apologise unreservedly for any offence caused by the T-shirt displayed on our website. It has been removed from the site and will not be re-appearing.
“We would like to assure you that we were unaware of any connection to Rangers Football Club and any reference was purely inadvertent.
“Thank you for bringing it to our attention and allowing us to rectify the situation.”