Sporting CP Players Wear Fake Names on Shirts in Battle Against Counterfeit Jerseys

Donovan Chandler

Portuguese outfit Sporting Clube de Portugal pulled quite the stunt as they took to the field for their 5-1 win over Arouca at the weekend.

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Sporting CP, currently second in the Primeira Liga, put their players on the pitch but had purposely misspelled the names of every player on the back of the jersey, in a battle against the sales of counterfeit shirts.

The ploy was a little confusing to the home support at first, but eventually the stadium announcer confirmed to the crowd at half time that there was purpose behind the idea.

Names like Teo Gutierrez - instead of his usual 'Teo' - wore the name 'Guterres', while Joao Mario wore the name 'J. Dario' on his. Both players scored twice in the hefty victory, while Bryan Ruiz added a fifth.

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