‘Embarrassing’: Fans rage as Barcelona unveil new 'checkerboard' shirt offering
The mighty Blaugrana revealed the kit on Twitter, proudly showing off a new design featuring “checkerboard print” for the first time in the club’s illustrious history – dispensing with the traditional vertical stripes in various forms.
The kit is made by US sportswear giant Nike and will be donned by men’s stars such as Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique, but also have the same look for the club’s women’s team as well as basketball, handball and futsal teams.
Unveiling the new design, the club ran with the tagline “Talent Takes Different Shapes.”
📍 BarcelonaFor the people that move the city forwardTalent takes different shapes pic.twitter.com/3CoyAQifV3— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) June 3, 2019
“The new design takes its inspiration from the city of Barcelona by incorporating the characteristic blocks of its Eixample district, home to some of the most emblematic buildings designed by the great architect Antoni Gaudí,” the club explained on its website.
But the Twitterati – and football fans in particular – can be a fastidious bunch, and many did not hold back in giving the club a dressing-down for dispensing with what was a widely loved previous style.
Some accused the club of “destroying a historic kit,” while others simply branded the offering “embarrassing.”
Destroying a historic kit 😡— Adrian (@Adrian____29) June 3, 2019
Use me as a dislike button— Youssef Benamar (@Youssefbanana) June 3, 2019
Delete.— Kevin Merchant (@kevmer13) June 3, 2019
This is unacceptable. This is embarrassment.— Jano (@Janoblansaer) June 3, 2019
It also unleashed a meme frenzy from fans desperate for the club to reverse the seemingly irreversible and replace the kit with another design before the start of the season.
Others noted the distinct similarity in pattern to the kit worn by World Cup finalists Croatia – who have the same checkerboard pattern, albeit in red and white.
Croatia design— Ade🇬🇧 (@Damolaawe1) June 3, 2019
Barcelona are not the only giant of European football to fall foul of fan tastes in recent weeks.
Italian champions Juventus released their new kit in May, taking a “progressive” design that left some supporters fuming.Also on rt.com ‘0 identity left’: Fan fury at new ‘progressive’ Juventus shirt
Should you be among those who actually like Barca’s new jerseys, you’ll be able to get your hands on one from June 4.