Ajax have to change their popular Bob Marley-themed jerseys in Champions League games as the three little birds motif breaks kit rules, UEFA has said.
The Dutch champion received a lot of praise and a flurry of sales in the offseason for launching a black uniform with little red, yellow and green birds on the back of the shirt collar.
It’s a tribute to Ajax fans who sing Marley’s âThree Little Birdsâ during the games as an anthem.
UEFA said the club were informed after submitting the design for approval a year ago that it would not be allowed to wear in matches.
“The three birds paying homage to Bob Marley’s song do not represent an identification of the Ajax team as stated in article 13 of the kit regulations,” UEFA said in a statement on Tuesday, adding that the manufacturer “had a choice on how the design might be adapted. Ajax have decided that their players will wear game jerseys without a pattern while selling a version to fans with the birds.
The home team uniform features the iconic thick red and white vertical stripes.
Ajax’s Champions League campaign kicks off Wednesday at Sporting Lisbon. The group also includes Borussia Dortmund and Besiktas.
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