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Supporters of 48 clubs out of 92 including the Premier League’s Leeds United and Crystal Palace are struggling to get deliveries. Covid factory shutdowns in Asia, a shortage of container ships and disruption at ports have been blamed for the delays.

Just 44 teams have each their kits available, 22 have only their home kit and 7 teams just their change strip. There are 19 teams which have neither kit in stock.

One Football League boss said his club’s kit designs were ready in October and ordered soon after but were still unavailable.

He told the BBC: “We’re able where that hasn’t caused disasters for us. But for some clubs I’d imagine it’s pretty difficult.” Leeds United’s latest home shirt and training wear won’t be on sale to fans until late August. Their latest season kicks off on August 5.

The club said: “We understand the frustration felt by the fans and we now have worked in close collaboration with our club partners to search out the very best solution on delivering the product as soon we will.”

Kieran Maguire, a Liverpool University football finance expert, said smaller clubs were more more likely to face a financial hit as makers would prioritise larger clubs.

League Two side Stockport County is missing 15 per cent of an order for home shirts.

The club said: “Now we have been significantly let down by our kit provider, Puma, within the delivery of kits ahead of the brand new season.

Puma said: “We’re working with our logistics partner to search out the missing shirts.”

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