Football kit once banned for having a Swastika is now worth a small fortune

A football kit once banned for having a Swastika on it may now be worth a small fortune due to its rarity.

The away shirt of Italian side Fiorentina from the 1992/93 season was banned halfway through the campaign after it was discovered to include a Swastika within the design.

While a majority of the shirts were either destroyed or thrown in the bin in the aftermath, some did survive for longer and one made its way to the UK.

Sports memorabilia specialist Tim Beddow from the Midlands got his hands on one through a 'friend of a friend' after Aston Villa had played Fiorentina in a friendly.

Speaking to BirminghamLive, Beddow said: “I can understand why people would be suspicious.

“In Italy there are certain teams that are quite right wing and certain teams that are left wing.

“It’s an exciting find – and the one I have is definitely a ‘player-worn’ shirt, not a replica. The giveaway is that it has a professional, hand-pressed, machine-stitched badge. On the replicas, the badge is picked-out within the material.”

Fiorentina infamously had fascist leanings during the Second World War but the Italian club have always insisted that the emblems were a mistake.

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At the time, the club said: “Fiorentina and the manufacturers, Lotto, would like to underline that the optical effect is purely a matter of chance.”

Channel 4's 'Football Italia' programme was inundated with complaints from British viewers after they spotted the emblem on the shirt.

Fiorentina were ultimately relegated at the end of the 1992/93 season as their form dropped considerably after they were forced to changed away kits.

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As for Beddow, he is now aiming to sell the shirt online, with it having been acquired after Fiorentina beat Villa 2-1 in a friendly back in 1992.

“The shirt I have was not actually worn during the match," he went on to reveal.

“It was swapped after the game and brought back to Birmingham. I’d love to know which player wore the number four – I’ve trawled the internet and drawn a blank.

“It’s a highly collectable item, but, like anything else, it’s worth what someone is prepared to pay for it.”

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