North Macedonia’s Euro 2020 Kits Were So Bad They Immediately Apologised And Changed Them
North Macedonia’s kits for the Euros were met with such negativity that the federation issued an apology and changed them back in an instance.
The country are making their debut at the European Championships this month and unveiled a new set of kits to mark the appearance at the tournament.
But the home strip, made by German brand Jako, caused a massive stir with supporters because it was predominantly burgundy and looked like something you’d expect Portugal to wear.
The nation’s flag is red and yellow, hence the monumental backlash the new shirt received.
And a very swift backtrack from the Football Federation of Macedonia (FFM) followed a day later when a full apology was released and a request was made to UEFA for the Lynxes to wear their old kits at the Euros instead.
The Macedonian president presented Pope Francis with the new NT jersey today. Only the back of the jersey was released as an official photo. However, journalists also got a look at the front while it was laying on a table.
Odd color. It looks more like what Portugal would wear. pic.twitter.com/Z1GggWGBOD
– Macedonian Football (@MacedonianFooty) May 27, 2021
After the uproar over the new maroon/burgundy jersey, FFM has backtracked and will go back to the old jerseys for EURO 2020.
Muamed Sejdini, the FFM president, posted the below message on his Facebook which was then picked up by the official facebook page of FFM. pic.twitter.com/NLHhx6tebP
– Macedonian Football (@MacedonianFooty) May 29, 2021
“First of all, I express my sincere regret for the negative reactions that were caused by the color of the new jersey. We are aware that the national team jersey is an honor and ambition of every football player from an early age,” FFM president Muamed Sejdini said, as translated.
“The national team jersey was prepared with great joy at the request of the players. The team was looking for new national team jerseys. We wanted to meet that requirement.
“Unfortunately, the technical support regarding the color of the jersey is not in accordance with the requirements of FFM. The federation and the services in FFM take full responsibility for this choice, but will also demand responsibility from the technical partner.
“As president of the federation, I take my responsibility for possible consequences and announce that at the European Championship we will play with the current jerseys.”
Igor Angelovski’s side kick off their Euro 2020 campaign against Austria on 13 June and will also take on Ukraine and Netherlands in Group C.
As per DW.com, the team’s kit manager Viktor Velevski has said he is preparing 250 shirts for the squad and that should see them through “all the way to the final.”