Venezuela forced to play Catalonia in Decathlon hiking shirts
The 'Vinotinto' captain Tomás Rincón was one of many players to lash out at Italian kit supplier Givova who failed to supply match kit for the friendly.
After the fallout from Friday's win over Argentina which ended in coach Rafael Dudamel offering to resign in an effort to distance himself from the mixing of sports and politics in the troubled South American nation, the fall out after Monday's friendly game in Girona against Catalonia leaves the national team kit supplier and federation with a red face.
Hier, le Venezuela jouait en amical contre la sélection de Catalogne.— Decathlon (@Decathlon) 26 March 2019
Hier, le Venezuela devait être en galère de maillots.
Hier, le Venezuela a donc joué son match avec des tee-shirts @Quechua déguisés 😭 pic.twitter.com/ncsnIH2yrV
For reasons as yet unknown, Venezuela's kit manufacturer Givova failed to deliver adequate kit for the players and representatives from the Italian brand were forced to purchase burgundy shirts from a local Decathlon store with the Givova and Venezuela FA branding later added.
Venezuelan captain Tomas Rincon expressed all his anger with a post on his Instagram profile demanding respect from Givova. His post showed how the Italian brand and Venezuela crest were both superimposed over the 'Quechua' brand which is the sub-brand from Decathlon's hiking department with the MH500 hiking shirt available for €10 in European stores.