Bundesliga clubs withdraw shirt replicas

Eintracht Frankfurt and Mainz are withdrawing their replica shirts from sale after tests revealed they contained a softener that causes potential health problems for youngsters.

The softener is in the dye used to print the sponsor’s logos on the shirts and is not allowed to be used in children’s toys in the European Union because it can later cause fertility problems. The two Bundesliga clubs are offering to exchange the shirts.

A study by a German consumer watchdog agency says replica shirts sold by other Bundesliga clubs are of poor quality but do not contain the harmful softener.