Haddington Town AFC, a Scottish amateur football club, has playfully accused billionaire Elon Musk of “stealing” their logo and is inviting him to join their squad.
The football club noticed striking similarities between their crest and the logo of SpaceX, a space exploration company owned by Musk. Both logos feature a white outline of a goat within a circle on a darker background.
In a tongue-in-cheek post on X (formerly known as Twitter), which is also owned by Musk, Haddington Town AFC jokingly claimed that he had “stolen” their badge and humorously demanded, “Give it back!” They followed up with another message, saying, “Our DMs are open Elon Musk. Come fund our new tracksuits.”
SpaceX is known for its work in designing, manufacturing, and launching advanced rockets and spacecraft. Sky News reached out to the company for a comment regarding the playful accusation.
Haddington Town AFC, based in East Lothian, was established in 2019 and chose the goat as its logo due to its historical association with the town, having appeared on its coat of arms for centuries.
Ryan Leishman, who coaches at the club and manages its social media, was pleasantly surprised to discover approximately 20 notifications from mainly American users on X, pointing out the similarities between the two logos. The team found this situation “hilarious” and even created a graphic humorously naming Elon Musk as the club’s new owner.
In a post, they joked: “The club are delighted to have Elon on board, the big man can’t wait to get started. #MonTheGoats.”
Mr. Leishman expressed his amusement, saying, “You’re only going to get an opportunity to do something like this once or twice at an amateur club where things go a little bit viral.”
He revealed that someone informed the club that the SpaceX logo had been circulating since early summer, but Haddington Town AFC had been using their logo since 2019.
Haddington Town AFC competes in the Lothian and Edinburgh Amateur Football Association (LEAFA) Sunday Morning Premier Division. Mr. Leishman stated that the team would be thrilled to have Musk join them on the pitch, suggesting that Musk’s physical attributes make him a promising striker.
Mr. Leishman also emphasized the club’s dedication to charitable activities and their partnership with Show Racism the Red Card. He highlighted the team’s commitment to maintaining its values both on and off the pitch, even amid the playful attention generated by the logo similarity.
As for any legal action, Mr. Leishman joked that the club has no plans to sue Musk and playfully stated, “We’ve got his back. If he wants to fight [Mark] Zuckerberg, we’re in his corner.”