Ajax’s Bob Marley tribute ‘Three Little Birds’ shirt banned by UEFA – The Athletic - Techy Hunters

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Ajax’s Bob Marley tribute ‘Three Little Birds’ shirt banned by UEFA – The Athletic

UEFA has banned Ajax from wearing a ‘Three Little Birds’ motif on the back of their Bob Marley-inspired third kit.

The shirt originally had three birds — in red, yellow, and green — sewn just underneath the back of the collar, commemorating the 1977 reggae classic.

Fans noticed the absence of the birds during Ajax’s 2-0 away win over PEC Zwolle on Saturday, the first time that the club had worn their alternate shirt.

Commenting on the removal of the detail, the Amsterdam club said: “The European Football Association [UEFA] sees it as a different expression than the club logo, logo clothing sponsor or sleeve sponsor. Other expressions are not allowed.”

The relevant passage in the UEFA regulations is Article 7 of the UEFA Equipment Regulations.

“Collar zone: this area may only contain team identification in accordance with Paragraph 19.01. The collar zone must be free of any manufacturer identifications or sponsor advertising.”

The shirt had been exceptionally popular amongst fans, with the club’s marketing manager Menno Geelen reporting that the jersey had “sold at least four times more than any other Ajax jersey”.



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