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JD Sports and Rangers FC fined for fixing prices of football kits 

Replicas: Rangers clothing made by Elite, like those worn by former player Jermain Defoe (pictured)

JD Sports and Rangers FC fined further after watchdog finds they price-fixed replica football kits

JD Sports, Elite Sports and Rangers FC have been fined more than £2million by the competition watchdog after it was discovered they had price-fixed replica football kits.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said Elite Sports and JD Sports broke the law by fixing the retail prices of Rangers kits and other clothing from September 2018 to July 2019.

He said Rangers “only took part in the collusion” in fixing the price of adult short-sleeved shirts from September to mid-November in 2018.

Replicas: Rangers clothing made by Elite, like those worn by former player Jermain Defoe (pictured)

Replicas: Rangers clothing made by Elite, like those worn by former player Jermain Defoe (pictured)

JD Sports were fined £1.485m, Elite Sports £459,000 and Rangers £225,000. The investigation began in December 2020.

Elite made Rangers clothing, such as that worn by former player Jermain Defoe and sold them. JD was the only major retailer selling it at the time.

The CMA found that Rangers were concerned that at the start of the 2018-19 season, JD would sell the top at a lower price than Elite.

This resulted in an agreement that JD would raise their price from £55 to £60 to be in line with Elite.

He also found that Elite and JD priced Rangers clothing over a longer period. JD Sports said it would not appeal and had set aside £2million to cover the case.

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