Former Manchester United forward Eric Cantona once famously remarked: “When people are talking about you, it means that you exist.”
According to the Frenchman’s rationale it’s been a good few days for National Premier Soccer League side F.C. New York. The club announced Saturday that an anonymous sponsor had paid to emblazon Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s name and “Believe In America” campaign slogan across the team’s jerseys ahead of that night’s clash with New York Red Bulls’ Under-23 team at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Mineola, N.Y.
FIFA’s Law 4 prohibits the use of equipment displaying political slogans or statements and F.C. New York were advised by Saturday’s referee to change their shirts before leaving the dressing room.
Still, a quick Google search this morning for “FC New York Romney” yielded almost 2.8 million results. Publications including the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, Huffington Post and Marketplace all ran the story.
The late wardrobe switch didn’t affect F.C. New York’s performance. The team ran out 3-2 winners to record their second win in 11 NPSL Atlantic Conference games this season. The first also came against the Red Bulls last month.