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Employee leaks Celta de Vigo’s jersey for next season

The Galician club released a statement regretting that images of the new sky blue kit for next season had been shared on social media without their consent.


The centennial season for Celta de Vigo is proving to be full of surprises, including the signing of Luis Campos in March and a possible new hymn by Spanish singer C. Tangana, and that’s now been followed by a Twitter leak of the home jersey the Galician team will wear during the next year.

A viral tweet, employee mistake?

On Monday an image of the new kit, with Iago Aspas’ name and number, started to get shared by Celta de Vigo fans on Twitter. The excitement for a season that hopes to be a celebration of the past 100 years of Celta’s history has created a lot of expectation around the club, and the new jerseys are among the top things the Vigueses are waiting for.

The leak started with a tweet, since deleted, from account @ginirg, who shared a photo of a printed email apparently from the marketing department of the Galician club in which the new blue kit was shown. This new jersey is very similar to the black one that has already been made public, with just a color scheme change. In the tweet Cristian Rodríguez, the owner of the account writes: “Watch out!! Somebody must have forgotten these papers... do we have the new Celta shirt??”

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Real leak or marketing campaign

The email states that it is “highly confidential” before warning that it is not to be shared with anyone “until it’s published in a few days” or else “there might be a lot of trouble”.

There are doubts however about the email’s authenticity, arising from the name in it, cuquitoyperla, which, as a Celta fan was quick to find out, are the names of the dogs of Fran Beltrán, one of the 1st team midfielders.

Club statement over leaked kit

Real Club Celta de Vigo released a statement on Tuesday morning regretting the leak, saying that it was “a serious act of negligence by a team employee”, who will be investigated “over the printing and sharing of confidential documents”.

After apologizing to the club’s main sponsors, Adidas, Estrella Galicia and Abanca, the club ends with a rather colloquial tone which only creates more doubts about the whole affair: “we apologize as well to the fans who have not been granted a jersey release campaign up to the standards of a near-centenary club”. Last year’s kits were also leaked by the official club store a few hours before a ceremony at the club’s head offices.

The whole Celta de Vigo squad is currently in Mexico for their first time, as they gear up for a friendly clash against Pumas. Pretty soon it will be revealed whether this incident was an honest mistake, a prank by a twitter user or a rather original marketing campaign by the Vigo club.