New Spain Shirt Stirs Controversy

Even Spain’s national football team has been unable to avoid the tense political climate in the country at the moment, as calls for a boycott have been made in response to their new shirt.

On Monday, the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) presented the new Adidas kit that the national team will wear during the forthcoming World Cup in Russia, and Twitter users were quick to spot a striking detail.

While the main color of the shirt is red as usual, a striped section running down the side appears (in photographs at least) to be yellow and purple, which when combined with the red make the colors of the flag of the Second Spanish Republic.

That provoked a strong reaction from some.

Officially, Adidas say the stripe is blue, not purple. The RFEF explained meanwhile that the shirt is inspired by a previous national team kit from the 1994 World Cup, which did indeed feature similar stripes down the side.

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