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The replicas get sold to the fans. There aren't too many fans who look good in skinfit shirts (nt)
especially for forwards. The whole point of them is to prevent opponents grabbing them.
Also didn't Adama Traore cover himself and his jersey in baby oil to stop opponents grabbing him ?
Would you send out your players with easy rip jerseys in order to prove a point ??
Lets face it, shirt pulling is rife in the PL and referees are very selective as to who gets punished. However if someones shirt is ripped off the back, it makes it very difficult to ignore or deny.
To my mind, the game has become very much about influencing decisions and it seems anything that gives you an edge is acceptable. I would have no hesitation in doing the above because it would put serious pressure on the officials to do their job.
Ps I accept that the shirt maker may not agree, but I can guarantee that shirt pulling would stop very quickly in this scenario.