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English FA to block unpopular changes to team colors

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Aiming to protect soccer club traditions, the English Football Association gave itself power Friday to block changes to home jersey colors and badges that are unpopular with fans.

Any proposed changes must pass extensive consultation with fans who are proven to have season tickets or attend a certain number of home games, the FA said in a statement.

“The aim of the new rules is to put supporters at the heart of the decision-making process regarding these important club heritage matters,” said the FA, which can “take appropriate action, such as ordering a club to revert back to a previous crest or home shirt color combination.”

A notorious standoff between a club and its fans a decade ago saw Cardiff change from a blue shirt to red for two years.

In a similar case, the FA intervened in 2014 to stop Hull’s owners from rebranding the then-Premier League team as Hull Tigers.

The FA said the new rules follow talks with the Football Supporters Association and will apply in the top five divisions of the men’s game and two tiers of women’s soccer.

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One poster likes Canary-colored shirts.

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Blue is a cursed colour

Not being selective in my choice of starting point, but eight out of the nine past champions of the Premier League have worn blue:

Man City - 5

Chelsea - 2

Leicester - 1

Everton - 0

The other team that won it wore a kind of pink. I blame the material.

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run a bit wild

Glad you included ‘a bit’ there.

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Hmm, it would be Boss-level trolling I suppose.

Unfortunately blue is a cursed colour for all those unfortunate enough to have to wear it.

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I think Liverpool should go back to their original colors. 

Bold, reckless even!

Their original kit was blue and white I believe [spits]

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ClippetyClopToday  12:57 am JST

A brilliant kit, a classic. Palace’a diagonal Peru style kit was quality too. 

Kit makers should be encouraged to run wild a bit with 2nd & 3rd kits.

The good old days.

I think Liverpool should go back to their original colors. Some people here might have another meltdown though.

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Remember the early-eighties horror, with the two curly vertical stripes?

A brilliant kit, a classic. Palace’a diagonal Peru style kit was quality too.

Kit makers should be encouraged to run wild a bit with 2nd & 3rd kits.

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Check out the early club shirts. They look like what jockeys wear these days. There is a long history of English football.

Everyone except one off-topic poster is commenting on English football.

In the Fulham vs Liverpool game, the players took the knee.

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Remember the early-eighties horror, with the two curly vertical stripes? 

It’s back….

Absolute monstrosity.

There was me blaming the 90s. The 80s has a lot answer for too.

Retro isn’t always cool. Imagine the Brian Kilcline perm and muzzy making a comeback.

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@Jim

Remember the early-eighties horror, with the two curly vertical stripes?

It’s back….

All good, mate. And good luck to the blue Scouse this year!

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That said, I’m buying a (purple) Coventry away shirt this season, as the home kit’s bloody awful

Have they trashed the home kit?

Disgrace.

Good to have your input mate.

How’ve you been?

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That said, I’m buying a (purple) Coventry away shirt this season, as the home kit’s bloody awful.

Not that I buy kits much. Every six years or so….

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The English Football League (EFL) is a league of professional football clubs from England and Wales. Founded in 1888 as the Football League, the league is the oldest such competition in the world. It was the top-level football league in England from its foundation until 1992, when the top 22 clubs split from it to form the Premier League.

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JimizoToday  10:31 pm JST

Clubs have come up with all kinds of garish away kits to get money out of supporters but as the Cardiff situation showed, a club’s home colours represent tradition.

The teams have a history of being disjointed, competing in relatively unorganized leagues, and at basically amateur levels.

The Premier League was founded in 1992.

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garish away kits

I should have added that some of the home kits in recent years, while not changing the colours, have become like the dog’s dinners of the 90s.

Public eyesore.

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Don't read too much into these jersey color changes. The football club owners have seen in American sports and Japanese baseball where loyal fans will buy jerseys in every conceivable color to support their team

Nah.

Clubs have come up with all kinds of garish away kits to get money out of supporters but as the Cardiff situation showed, a club’s home colours represent tradition.

Don’t confuse tin-pot franchise nonsense in North America and Japan with the tradition and wide appeal of what we are discussing here.

We are talking real sport and tradition here.

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Any proposed changes must pass extensive consultation with fans who are proven to have season tickets or attend a certain number of home games, the FA said in a statement.

What a joke.

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Don't read too much into these jersey color changes. The football club owners have seen in American sports and Japanese baseball where loyal fans will buy jerseys in every conceivable color to support their team. Many fans collect dozens of expensive jerseys in an array of colors. For minimal fabric and design cost, the owners can soak the faithful for huge sums on a regular basis.

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’Hull Tigers’. Sounds like some tin-pot baseball team. Tacky.

I must have been about five or six when I realised "Sunderland Nil" wasn't their full name... ; )

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Is Newcastle going to change its nickname from the" Magpies" to the "Head choppers"?

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But your club being entirely funded by some of the world's dirtiest money and being plastered in online betting sponsorship is ok.

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Colors are important to the fans. The fans are important to all the clubs

Yes, Cardiff changing their colours made them look ridiculous. It was great to see fan pressure get rid of that.

’Hull Tigers’. Sounds like some tin-pot baseball team. Tacky.

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Colors are important to the fans. The fans are important to all the clubs.

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