Schalke captain Simon Derode, like his teammates, played without the character “Cosprom” in the game against Carlsruhe.Image: www.imago-images.de / Wolfgang Frank / Eibner Press Photo
FC Schalke 04 played without writing its long-time sponsor “Cosprom” in Carlsruhe. Instead, the Royal Blues stuck a wine red third shirt with the words ‘FC Schalke 04’ on it 1-1 over the weekend at the Wildfark Stadium, which was well received by fans.
As the Russian company is in high demand for shirts without advertising, the club brought special shirts in “limited quantities” to its online store on Monday morning, which apparently caused huge waiting times and various delays.
S04’s initial response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine
It is the first time in the recent history of the Ruhrpottklub that the (now) club competes with the logo of the former sponsor “Gazprom” without a shirt. Schalke 04 announced in a statement on Thursday afternoon:
“Given the events, growth and expansion of recent days, FC has decided to remove the characters from the Schalke 04 shirt.”
A sentence from the FC Schalke 04 newsletter
The move comes after Gazprom consulted Germania and said ‘there is no alternative as all shirts in Schalke 04’s inventory have been printed since the start of the season’.
After playing in blue as hosts KSC on Saturday, Schalke sought a red replacement shirt at the zoo. The same model of shirt that Schalke already wore during the season. In addition, a special sports jersey was decorated for playing abroad.
Early in the morning, the crowd of fans greeted
Hours after the replacement shirts were announced, the club received a number of questions from fans about whether these kits would go on sale as well. Due to high demand, it was decided to sell the special shirt through the Schalke Fan store. The wine red jersey can be purchased for. 69.99, the club was talking about the “limited number”.
After the jersey was discovered on Monday morning, supporters stormed the fan store, making it inaccessible.
Network subscribers react accordingly:
User “Sternkind” wrote, for example, and added in another tweet: “Until the S04 online store page is created, I will graduate, I will move to Sweden, I will will build a house and live happily in my retirement”, and added in another tweet: “The store has not been in operation since 8:55 am. Not even. Samma, @S04, what server are you really using? It was from a local bingo club booked by Liselot Krabowski. Do you have a garden shed or a bin? ”
Another user wrote, “Has #Anonymous #schalke evened the store, or what’s going on?”
FC Schalke responded on their Twitter channel: “Due to the high demand for special shirts, the online store is currently reaching its limit. We ask for your patience,” he said.
It was also pointed out that it takes a few days to deliver the jerseys. Shirts ordered on the first day of the sale cannot guarantee timely delivery for the upcoming home game against Hansa Rostock on Saturday 5 March. The association is requested to understand here.