Sunderland’s biggest fan says the football club’s away shirt sizes have left him feeling like an unwanted substitute.
Michael Cockburn, 56, claims that after asking for an away shirt in the 3XL size at the club’s Stadium of Light store he was told they did not stock beyond 2XL.
The club says that there is limited interest in shirts larger than 2XL and those sizes have not been made available to the Black Cats.
The lifelong Sunderland fan said: “I’m a big lad and wear football shirts all the time – mainly Sunderland ones.
“It feels like I don’t count.
“The same thing happened with the third strip last season and I decided to let that go. I just think it’s wrong.
“Some clubs stock up to a 6XL, and I think it’s ridiculous that Sunderland can’t even go to 3XL.
“I’m upset because I believe bigger people are being discriminated against.
“There’s no getting away from that.”
Louise Wanless, Sunderland AFC’s head of communications, said: “Due to the limited interest in the 3XL size it has not been made available to us in the away kit.
“Supporters can however buy it in the home kit and an extended range of sizes have also been produced in our infant and junior sizes due to demand.”