The Ajax presented a few days ago a new revolutionary t-shirt inspired by the legend of reggae music, Bob marley, which drove fans who can now buy the third kit of the Dutch cast crazy. However, this Monday the club received the news that it will be prevented from showing off its new model in the Champions League.
Among the details of the new black outfit, it stands out that it has on its sleeves the green, yellow and red flag, raised by the Rastafarian movement linked to Marley, and three similar strips at the height of the shoulders. But, In addition, three birds stand out on the neck, a logo that serves as a nod to the song Three little birds that the musician who died in 1981 composed in the late 1970s.
“The European Football Association (UEFA) sees it as a different expression than the club logo, the logo clothing sponsor or the sleeve sponsor. Other expressions are not allowed”Ajax explained in a letter that was sent to a group of fans seeking to understand why the use of the new jersey had been banned.
In this way, the Eredivisie champion will wear his traditional clothing on Wednesday when he visits Sporting Lisboa on the first day of the Champions League, Competition in which it also shares Group C with Besiktas from Turkey and Borussia Dortmund from Germany.
The relationship between Bob marley and the Ajax dates back to 2008, when in a friendly against Cardiff the fans had to stay in the stands for several minutes after the game was over and the DJ played in the stadium Three Little Birds. In unison, the audience sang the verses of the song and since then it has been sung in the stands of the Amsterdam Arena.
“In all generations, no musical artist has influenced the world like Bob Marley. His legacy and his messages of hope, love, justice and unity remain as powerful today as when they were written. An active and dedicated fan of the sport, Bob Marley’s widely known love of football makes this collaboration and Ajax fans’ collective love for his music especially moving for his family, ”Ajax said in a statement on the presentation of the new jacket.
The repercussion was such that Cedella, one of Bob Marley’s daughters, expressed herself with emotion: “Stories like this warm my heart and show how powerful songs like Three little birds. Soccer was everything to my father … and to use his words’ football is freedom‘”.
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