Germany Scraps Number 44 Jersey Design Over Nazi Symbol Resemblance

Germany Scraps Number 44 Jersey Design Over Nazi Symbol Resemblance

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Football

April 2nd, 2024

The German Football Association (DFB) has announced modifications to their recently released Germany team kit design following concerns raised about the number 44 jersey resemblance to a symbol used by the Nazi SS.

While the official jerseys for the German national team are numbered 1 through 23, fans can often personalize jerseys with their preferred number online. However, social media users pointed out a similarity between the font style of the number 44 and the "SS bolts" insignia, sparking controversy.

Number 44 Jersey Resemblance to Nazi Germany

Both Adidas, the official kit supplier, and the DFB have emphasized that the design was unintentional. However, in response to public concerns, Adidas has halted the sale of custom-numbered jerseys online. The DFB is actively developing a new design for the number 4 font that will require approval from UEFA, the governing body of European football.

The decision to modify the kit design from just their number 44 jersey reflects Germany 's deep sensitivity towards Nazi symbolism. The SS, a paramilitary organization instrumental in Adolf Hitler's rise to power, played a central role in the Holocaust. Publicly displaying or disseminating SS symbols is strictly prohibited by German law.

Focus on Euro 2024

With Euro 2024 approaching, fans eager to support the German national team can rest assured that the number 44 jersey will not be a point of contention. The official jerseys for players will continue to be numbered 1 through 23, and a redesigned number 4 will be available for fan customization in the near future.

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