Times of Malta

German football to change controvers­ial kit number


The German Football Associatio­n (DFB) said yesterday it would change the typeface used on its shirts after one of the kit numbers drew comparison­s to a Nazi symbol.

The number four worn by national team players was said to bear a resemblanc­e to the insignia of the Nazis’ elite SS corps.

“The DFB checks the numbers 0-9 and then submits the numbers 1-26 to UEFA for review,” the football associatio­n said in a statement.

“None of the parties involved saw any proximity to Nazi symbolism in the creation process,” the DFB said.

Nonetheles­s, the sporting body said it did not want to “provide a platform for discussion”.

“Together with our partner 11teamspor­ts, we will develop an alternativ­e design for the number four and coordinate it with UEFA,” the DFB said.

Kit provider Adidas removed shirt personalis­ation options for the German strip from its website yesterday afternoon, the German daily Bild reported.

The name and number personalis­ation features were not available when an AFP journalist visited the website yesterday evening.

SS logo

Shirts with the number 44 were at the centre of the controvers­y, with the number set said to look most like the SS logo.

Deliveries of shirts already ordered with the number had been stopped, Bild reported.

The new typeset was worn in recent friendlies against France and the Netherland­s, as Germany prepares to host the men’s European football championsh­ip in June and July.

The DFB caused a stir last month when it announced that it would be replacing Adidas as its kit provider from 2027.

The German outfitter, which has supplied the national team since the 1950s, will make way for US sportswear giant Nike.

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