Eyebrows have been raised after Spain’s football world cup strip was unveiled.
Critics say the colours of the shirt appear similar to the flag of Spain’s Second Republic, rather than the current Spanish national flag. The Second Republic started in 1931 when the King was overthrown and lasted just until 1939.
But in a press release on Tuesday evening, Adidas and the Spanish football federation sought to clarify that “the shirt that the Spanish team will wear during the 2018 World Cup, does not have any political connotations”.
The pattern is said to have been inspired by the shirt worn by the Spanish team at the 1994 World Cup in the United States.
Spain’s 2018 World Cup kit is red with a yellow, blue and red diamond pattern on the right side.