Wrexham striker Paul Mullin has been told he cannot wear his new boots, which featured an X-rated message for the Conservatives.
Mullin had posted an image to his 25,000 followers on Instagram of the boots, with ‘f*** the Tories’ printed on the side.
But the National League promotion chasers, owned by Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, moved swiftly to ban them.
The photo remains on his page.
A statement from Wrexham said the boots “will not be worn tonight or in any other Wrexham AFC fixture” and the pictures were posted “without our knowledge or approval”.
“For the record, the pictures wouldn’t have been permitted to be taken, had we known, and the issue will be dealt with privately by the club.
“The club has adopted a neutral position on many matters with a political dimension, and intends to continue to do so going forward.”
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The club acknowledged “everyone is entitled to their own opinion”, but that “an individual view cannot be fairly attributed, as the view of everyone or the club itself. There is no more prominent example of this than the fact that the MP for the constituency within which the club is found, is a Conservative seat.
“After this unwelcome distraction, the club hopes the focus remains on our objectives of gaining promotion on the field and creating community benefit off it, in which Paul Mullin will continue to play a significant part.”
Deadpool actor Reynolds and his friend Rob McElhenney, creator and star of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, took 100% control of the Welsh club, known as the Red Dragons, from the Wrexham Supporters’ Trust (WST) in February last year, after the bid was approved by fans, and have invested £2m.