According to Spain’s kit supplier Adidas, ‘FIFA has expressly mandated’ it to provide the country with a third kit for it to use against the Netherlands.
Spain will have to wear a white strip against the Dutch, despite the fact that between the two nations four options already exist – red, black, orange and blue. Clearly that’s not enough for FIFA.
Teams are required to have two different kits for the tournament with one being light in colour and another dark, as a very different contrast.
Spain and the Netherlands meet in Group B on June 13 and Spain’s all red (dictated by FIFA, apparently due to it looking clearer for television viewers) and alternative black kit is not sufficient.
This comes after much disquiet among various supporters for having to do away with their traditional kits at the World Cup after having had to bow to FIFA demands.
The Zurich bureaucrats have urged nations to wear single-coloured kits to improve the quality of HD pictures from Brazil. It is also believed to aid referees, according to the governing body.
For example, it means that England will wear white, not blue shorts with their white shirts when they run out in Manaus, Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte.
Brazil are believed to be sticking with their yellow shirt and blue shorts combination, but Germany have already caved in and they unveiled their all-white kit last month.
While no reasonable person can surely be in favour of FIFA dictating which colours a national team wears, England will perhaps not do too badly out of this.
It may be subjective, but the Three Lions all-white kit really isn't that bad. Perhaps Hodgson's men may be able to draw some kind of inspiration from it?
Regardless, for the reigning world champions to have to come up with a third kit at such short notice is utterly absurd.
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