- Aston Villa players reportedly complained about their kit being ‘too sweaty’
- The women side are set to wear the shirt for their WSL opener vs Man United
- Rachel Daly deleted a tweet claiming they didn’t wear the kit in a recent friendly
Aston Villa women’s star Rachel Daly has deleted a tweet claiming players did not wear the club’s ‘sweaty’ shirt, which has brought about concern for holding too much moisture, during a friendly game this month.
Villa women kick off their Women’s Super League season against Manchester United on Sunday but there has been fears raised about the club’s kit made my manufacturers Castore, which has become soaked with sweat minutes into games.
The men’s team have reportedly become uncomfortable wearing the jersey and complained that it is affecting their performances after the moisture soaked up by the shirts weighed down heavier on them.
Broadcaster Jacqui Oatley took up the issue on X ahead of their WSL opener and said it was ‘impossible’ for women to sport a ‘clingy, wet-look’ in a game televised on BBC2.
‘Reminder: #AVFC women’s team are due to kick off their WSL season this Sunday live on BBC2 and the last thing the players should be having to worry about is clingy wet-look kit. It’s bad for the men and impossible for the women. @Castore have 4 days to fix it.’
Aston Villa women’s star Rachel Daly (L) deleted a tweet claiming her side did not wear the club’s sweaty’ kit in a recent friendly
Villa women wore a training kit in a 3-3 draw with Villarreal – and not the kit that has brought about concern for absorbing too much moisture early into games
A fan had responded to her claiming that the women’s players had already worn the kits during a 3-3 friendly draw with Villarreal on September 1st and had not raised concerns about it then, but England forward Daly refuted the comment.
She replied: ‘That was in training kit,’ before later deleting the post.
The initial story from The Telegraph claimed players were feeling like they had ‘jumped into a swimming pool’ early into a game.
‘The players are having to play in soaking wet t-shirts and it is a problem that needs to be solved,’ a source told them. ‘It cannot go on all season. The players look like they’ve jumped in a swimming pool after about 10 minutes.’
Broadcaster Jacqui Oatley called for Castore to fix the issue ahead of Villa’s WSL opener
Daly refuted claims her team had already worn the kit before swiftly deleting the post
It is believed Villa have asked Castore – who signed a kit deal with Villa in 2022 – to remedy the situation.
The moisture was particularly evident during the club’s trip to Poland last week for their Europa Conference League clash with Legia Warsaw, where players could be seen drenched in sweat during the game.
Unai Emery’s side ended up losing the game 3-2 to the Polish side, and now the issues with the shirts is being looked at more seriously.
In spite of the concerns with their current jerseys, Villa did manage to take three points off Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in a 1-0 win and will hope that the shirts don’t hinder any further displays as the host Brighton this weekend.