Ryan Reynolds’ Wrexham ban star’s ‘f*** the Tories’ boots and condemn photos

Wrexham have banned a pair of football boots daubed with an anti-Tory message that were posted online by striker Paul Mullin.

Mullin, one of the club's star players, shared a photo on Instagram of his custom-made boots, with the words "F*** the Tories!" written on them. The picture was taken at Wrexham's Racecourse Stadium, with the club's main stand clearly visibly in the background.

Wrexham owner Ryan Reynolds initially "liked" the post, but the Canadian actor has now performed a sensational U-turn that wouldn't look out of place among Conservative politicians.

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Following reports that the Hollywood-owned club told Mullin to delete the pictures, Wrexham have released a statement effectively banning the boots and denying all prior knowledge of the stunt.

A statement on the club's website read: "The club can confirm that the boots revealed by Paul Mullin on social media will not be worn tonight, or in any other Wrexham AFC fixture and that the photographs taken at the Racecourse Ground were done so without our knowledge or approval.

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"For the record, the pictures wouldn’t have been permitted to be taken, had we known, and the issue will be dealt with privately by the Club. The Club has adopted a neutral position on many matters with a political dimension and intends to continue to do so going forward.

"The Club also acknowledge that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, whether that be employees or supporters but would also highlight that an individual view cannot be fairly attributed, as the view of everyone or the Club itself.

"There is no more prominent example of this than the fact that the MP for the constituency within which the Club is found, is a Conservative seat.

"After this unwelcome distraction, the Club hopes the focus remains on our objectives of gaining promotion on the field and creating community benefit off it, in which Paul Mullin will continue to play a significant part."

However, Wrexham fans are not happy with the statement from their club. One wrote: "Let him wear them." As another said: "F*** the Tories. Up the @PMullin7." A third person added: "Not all heroes wear capes. Some are just Paul Mullin."

In any case, it is unlikely that Mullin would have been allowed to wear the boots in the National League or the FA Cup. FA rules state that "equipment must not have any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images."

Law 4 of the FA's rules on Players' Equipment continues: "Players must not reveal undergarments that show political, religious, personal slogans, statements or images, or advertising other than the manufacturer's logo."

The incident has proved an unwelcome distraction for Wrexham, who are three points adrift of National League leaders Notts County following a 1-1 draw against Boreham Wood on Saturday.

Mullin, who has 43 goals in 57 games since his move from Cambridge United in 2021, could not find the net at the weekend. He will be hoping to put the saga behind him when Wrexham take on Halifax this evening.


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