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As Chinese pre-season football recently kicked back into action, Simon Chadwick was involved in a Twitter exchange involving several people based in China. The essence of the conversation was that China does not understand sponsorship (particularly football shirt sponsorship).

As the United States prompted and sustained 20th century sports sponsorship, in turn exporting its practices to the rest of the world, China was closed to its effects. But now things are changing, as sponsorship also becomes an integral part of the Chinese sports landscape.

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FIFA have announced that they are currently opening formal proceedings against the Republic of Ireland. The decision comes after football’s governing body yesterday confirmed that they were ‘evaluating the matter’, in reference to the kit worn by the Republic during a game versus Switzerland in March. The jerseys in question were embroidered with the years 1916-2016, marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

FIFA have since concluded this to be a political symbol, the likes of which are banned from any and all football kits according to their guidelines.

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First donned in 1889, the colours have graced the backs of Wolves greats through the good times and bad.

Now the history of the shirt has been put in print by die-hard fan Steve Plant who was launching They Wore The Shirt at a special event at Molineux. The 255-page coffee-table book is the product of his vast personal collection and his commitment to documenting the history of the club through the shirt.

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