Bohemian FC have announced a redesign for their away jersey for next season after licensing issues arose over the image of Bob Marley.
The Bohemian Football Club was recently contacted by the Bob Marley representative agency in connection with their away jersey for the 2019 season, which featured an image of Bob Marley.
Bohemian Football Club acted in good faith and followed the correct process when purchasing the licence for this image via a world-leading third-party photo licensing company.
However, the Bob Marley representative agency has informed us that this company did not have the right to grant any such licence for this image.
Subsequently, following direct correspondence with the Bob Marley representative agency, they cannot license the image to the Bohemian Football Club due to their own contractual and other obligations.
Consequently, we can no longer supply the jersey with the image of Bob Marley as advertised.
For anyone who already registered for the 2019 away jersey, the club are offering, at your discretion: 1) a full refund of the price paid, 2) a shop credit note or 3) the new redesigned away jersey.
Bohemian FC greatly regret that they cannot offer the original jersey as designed but believe that the new design, while maintaining the colour scheme for a nod to Dalymount’s musical history, also brings with it a powerful message.
The re-designed 2019 Bohemians away jersey
The clenched, raised fist, is a a symbol of solidarity and support used to express unity, strength and resistance.
The League of Ireland faces the might of the EPL every day, Bohemian FC – like other 100% fan-owned clubs – faces the challenges of the privatisation and commercialisation of football across the globe.
They have decided to give 10% of the profits from this jersey to a fund, which will continue the already fan-led and previously fan-funded initiative of bringing people living in Direct Provision to games at Dalymount Park. These are among the most unrepresented people on the island.
Lucky Khambule, coordinator of Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland, said: “MASI warmly welcomes this initiative by the Bohemian Football Club. Bohemians have been assisting MASI and bringing people in Direct Provision to games for several years and are very proactive on numerous other social issues too.