Fans get shirty over Castleford Tigers' new replicas

Mum Gwyn Slimane got more than she'd bargained for when she bought a Castleford Tigers team shirt for her 11-year-old son.

The 41-year-old paid 38 for the home shirt which has Probiz, the club's new 2011 sponsors, across the front.

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But when she turned the shirt inside out, she was shocked to see the name of another company, Metrel - who were initially lined up for the deal - on the reverse,

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"The club has stuck the new name over the top of the old one," said Gwyn, a mum-of-two who lives in Castleford. "Not only are fans having the wool pulled over their eyes but the Probiz transfer is lifting around the edges which is really poor quality.

"I was angry when I spotted the other name because the shirts aren't cheap and my son Aaron was desperate for one. I'm expecting the name on the front to peel off altogether. It was a waste of money."

Gywn, a civil servant, bought the shirt from the club shop on Wheldon Road in Castleford before Christmas. She took it back to the shop for an exchange but soon realised all the shirts were the same.

She said: "Had the club been honest, put up a sign apologising and offered to sell them at a reduced price, I'd have respected that.

"Aaron has been a fan of the Tigers since he was four and his bedroom is painted in the club's colours. It's so disappointing."

Metrel stepped aside as the club's main shirt sponsor in light of a substantial deal put forward by Probiz which the club say they 'simply couldn't turn down'.

Castleford Tigers acknowledged that a small number of complaints had been received from supporters regarding the new-season replica shirts.

Craig Poskitt, head of commercial sales, said: "When we announced the deal on December 9 we were under extreme pressure to meet the demands of supporters wishing to buy a replica shirt sporting the new logo in time for Christmas and the fixture on Boxing Day.

"Unfortunately a small number of the shirts have not met to our usual high standards and we will endeavour to rectify through our own process.

Liam Bashforth, retail manager, said customers who were not satisfied could return the shirts for a replacement, a credit note or a full refund.

He added: "Our retail staff have been briefed to make this process as convenient and stress-free as possible for supporters."

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