The One Direction member submitted his design for a fair vote, but some are saying that the competition was fixed to bring in more revenue.
“I designed the kit with my granddad when I was home a few weeks ago,” Louis tells the club. “We used to go to Belle Vue together so it has always been a family affair with us and to now have a hand in next seasons away shirt is brilliant. I can’t wait to see my team wearing it.”
Though the official announcement assures that the “winning design received 33.7% of the votes,” fans became skeptical upon another announcement saying that 20 people will be chosen to receive a signed shirt from Louis.
A spokesperson for the club reached out to BBC saying that “We are aware that the result of the competition has attracted some negative feedback, but we can assure our fans that the voting process for the 2016/17 shirt designs was all was fair and above board.”
Meanwhile, Louis remains proud to be the designer of his team’s newest away kit. The One Direction member hasn’t spoken out regarding the voting drama, but he did announce the accomplishment.
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