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Fans urge Nike to produce replicas of England’s Mary Earps

A petition urging Nike to produce replicas of the shirt worn by England goalkeeper Mary Earps during the World Cup has garnered over 100,000 signatures.

In response, Nike issued a statement reaffirming their dedication to women’s football. However, Earps expressed her disappointment with the decision not to manufacture the shirt, describing it as “very hurtful.”

In the World Cup final, the Manchester United goalkeeper secured the Golden Glove award after making an impressive penalty save in the Lionesses’ 1-0 loss to Spain.

Before the tournament, Nike faced backlash when it became evident that replica shirts of Mary Earps would not be accessible for purchase. But This decision drew criticism from fans and supporters.

Nicknamed ‘Mary Queen of Stops,’ the 30-year-old goalkeeper expressed her deep disappointment and hurt regarding the previous decision.

Moreover, On Manchester United’s website, Mary Earps’ kit is now in the ‘top sellers’ section, indicating its popularity among fans.

Additionally, In a statement released after the final, the kit manufacturer said: “Nike is committed to women’s football and we’re excited by the passion around this year’s tournament and the incredible win by the Lionesses to make it into the final.

“We are proudly offering the best of Nike innovation and services to our federation partners and hundreds of athletes.

“We hear and understand the desire for a retail version of a goalkeeper jersey and we are working towards solutions for future tournaments, in partnership with FIFA and the federations.

“The fact that there’s a conversation on this topic is testament to the continued passion and energy around the women’s game and we believe that’s encouraging.”

On Tuesday afternoon, Earps posted a screenshot of the statement on her Instagram stories, adding the comment: “@Nike is this your version of an apology/taking accountability/a powerful statement of intent?”

Ethan Dempsey
Ethan Dempsey
Ethan is a lifelong football fan. When he is not obsessing over the Premier League games, Ethan likes to read fantasy tomes, watch football documentaries and waste hours upon hours on video games.
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