UEFA orders Ajax to change Bob Marley-inspired kit


UEFA has banned Ajax from wearing their original design for a Bob Marley inspired kit. Uefa says the strip contained imagery that goes against the federation’s rules.

The strip, inspired by the song Three Little Birds, which has become an anthem for Ajax fans, was introduced for the 2021/22 season and was worn by Ajax for the first time in their Eredivisie victory away to PEC Zwolle on Saturday.

The original kit had three birds stitched on the back, just below the collar in homage to Marley’s track. However, supporters realised during Ajax’s 2-0 win on Saturday that the birds had been removed from the players’ kits.

In stating the reason why, the 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.”

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