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Pull your socks up! Arsenal kit mishap forces delay to Chelsea clash in WSL

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 15 Mar 2024


Chelsea’s Women’s Super League clash with Arsenal was delayed by 30 minutes because of a clash of socks.

The Gunners arrived to Stamford Bridge with the same colour white socks as the hosts, causing referee Rebecca Welch to delay the match until a solution was found.

Arsenal ended up sporting black socks from Chelsea’s megastore to enable the match to go ahead. Blue tape was used in a makeshift attempt to hide the Chelsea and Nike logos on the socks, with Arsenal’s kit manufactured by Adidas.

As the scheduled kick-off time approached, a crowd of more than 30,000 in west London were instead treated to loud music.

Former Arsenal men’s striker Ian Wright, a keen supporter of the women’s game, posted on social media site X: “Embarrassing this. Ridiculous.”

Things did not improve for Arsenal once the match began, as a Lauren James goal and two from Sjoeke Nusken gave Chelsea a 3-0 half-time lead.

Former England international Izzy Christiansen said the delayed start would have had an impact on the players.

She said on Sky Sports: “As a player you work so hard over the years to come up with your way of preparing for a game.

“Things like this are difficult to deal with. It’s how you find a way of dealing with it internally and not let it affect your preparation.”


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