Coventry City fans
lumbered with replica Robbie Keane shirts are being offered a
half-price replacement in a unique move by the club.
1,000 fans bought shirts with Keane’s name on in preparation
for the new season.
But following the sudden
transfer of the 20-year-old to Inter Milan for £13 million, the
shirts have become out-of-date.
Club bosses have made an
exception to a rule that named and numbered shirts cannot be
exchanged or refunded should a player leave.
Fans are given a slip
warning them of this when they make their purchase. There was an
uproar when Dion Dublin left the club leaving many supporters in
a similar position.
Yesterday new club
captain Moustapha Hadji announced he would foot the bill for
changing replicas with his name after he asked to move to the
number 10 position in the squad.
At selling price, this
could be up to £18,000.
The club have now
decided to give a 50 per discount to fans who bring their Robbie
Keane shirt back. This means they could still collect up to
£22.50 for a new sale.
Licensing Controller Paul Coles said more fans had bought
Keane's shirt than any other.
obviously a very popular player and supporters, just like us,
thought he was with us for the season.
“We do state very
clearly that we cannot offer a refund or exchange but we have
decided to make an exception.
"We know that
other clubs who have lost high profile players have not
offered a similar service but we feel the supporters have been
a little hard done by in this case.
"People have to
bring their Keane shirt to our stadium shop before the end of
August and they will then be given a similar sized shirt
complete with the name and number of any first team player and
they can also keep their original top."