This photo shows the Spanish national football team’s new shirts, intended for the world championship in Russia in 2018.
Translated from Dutch daily De Volkskrant today:
New red-yellow purple shirts of Spanish team are ‘attack on monarchy‘
There is a problem with the new Spanish national team football shirt: it is supposedly a secret tribute to the Republican flag.
The football federation president is said to even have received from the highest circles – the king, it is whispered – complaints about the design. On social media, many opponents are calling for a boycott.
By Maartje Bakker
The jersey of the Spanish team is traditionally red and yellow, often with a dash of blue. This time, Adidas, the creator of the shirt, chose to apply thin blue stripes to the red. Any toddler knows: that gives a purple effect. Red-yellow-purple, which are the colours of the Spanish Republic in the thirties. So, an attack on the monarchy and constitution. And just at a time when those, especially from Catalonia, are already very much under fire.
The republican flag always accompanies Catalans demonstrations. The region retains good memories of those years when the Catalan republic (within the Spanish state) was proclaimed, with far-reaching self-government.
Left-wing politicians are delighted with the new national colours. “It’s been a long time since the Spanish selection had such beautiful shirts,” provokes Pablo Iglesias, leader of the socialist protest party Podemos, on Twitter. …
The soccer players seem to be wisest this time. “I think it’s a beautiful shirt”, said Vitolo.