Sheffield United will play their pre-season fixtures in shirts bearing the logo of the China Earthquake Appeal in support of the charity.
United, who own Chinese club Chengdu Blades, have a healthy business and sporting relationship with the provience, and have signed Chinese stars Hao Haidong, Li Tie and most recently Sun Jihai in the last few years.
Sun is pictured below with the shirt.
Blades chairman Kevin McCabe said: “By giving the space on the front of the shirts to the British Red Cross, we will not only raise a significant amount of funds for the appeal, but also help raise its profile across the continent. This is being done with the blessing of our sponsors.
“This is the first time United have made such a gesture to a global charity and continues the club’s support for China and our sister club Chengdu Blades.”
The appeal raises money for the areas most affected by the earthquake earlier in the year, which claimed almost 70,000 in the Sichuan province alone, where the Chengdu Blades are based.
United’s pre-season kicks-off on Monday 14th July, against their Hungarian sister club Ferencvaros before moving on to play Belgian side KVK Tienen on 16th July and Dutch team Helmond Sport on 19th July.
They return home for fixtures against Scunthorpe United 26th July, Bury 29th July and Huddersfield Town onÂ 2nd August before kicking off their Championship campaign against Birmingham City a week later on August 9.
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