The England goalkeeper Mary Earps has questioned a Nike statement regarding the unavailability of her replica shirt during the recent Women’s World Cup.
The Golden Glove winner at the tournament, in which England reached the final, spoke out before the World Cup when fans were unable to buy the women’s version of England’s goalkeeper jersey.
Nike issued a statement after the final to say it understood the desire for a retail version of the shirt and was working towards solutions for future tournaments. Earps posted the statement on her Instagram account with the question: “@Nike is this your version of an apology/taking accountability/a powerful statement of intent?”
The Manchester United keeper also posted a link to a petition on Change.org which asks people to support Earps and all female keepers. The petition has more than 130,000 signatories.
Nike lost earnings potential after the USA women’s team endured their earliest World Cup exit, but England’s run to the final provided an extra source of income. “The demand for the Lionesses Nike jersey has been incredibly strong,” Nike said before the final on Sunday.
The England men’s goalkeeper jersey is available to buy.