Sportswear giants Decathlon have claimed that the Venezuelan national team created their home kit out of T-shirts bought at the shop by stitching on the country’s badge over their own branding.
Venezuela recently took on the Catalan team in a friendly but the South American side’s kit appeared to have been bought at a Decathlon shop and altered to make it look like their normal kit.
In the photos, it can be seen how the maroon shirts appear to be a model from the ‘Quechua’ brand of the popular French sports shop.
Pictures Credit: Golders/@RichardGol_espn & Golders/@TomasRincon5 & Golders/@Decathlon
The Venezuela team appear to have cut out the Quechua tag from inside the shirts and covered the branding with the badge of the country’s football federation.
The name of their official kit provider, Givova, appears to have been printed onto the shirts too.
Decathlon’s official Twitter account re-posted the photos and wrote: “Yesterday, Venezuela played a friendly against the Catalan team. Yesterday, Venezuela must have been short of shirts. Yesterday, Venezuela therefore played their match with disguised Quechua shirts.
Newcastle United striker Salomon Rondon was quick to call out Givova for their mistake, posting the company’s name with a red line through it on social media with the words: “Not up to scratch.”
Reports say Givova had failed to provide Venezuela with the kit necessary to play the match.
Givova was founded in 2008 in Italy and sponsor the Venezuelan and Maltese national teams.
Venezuela lost the match 2-1 against the Catalan side which featured Barcelona defender Gerard Pique and Stoke City striker Bojan Krkic.