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Adidas hindert Fans wegen Nazi-Symbolik daran, Deutschland-Trikots mit „44“ anzupassen – SportsLogos.Net News

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Adidas, the manufacturer, is taking steps to prevent consumers from purchasing the new German national team jersey with the number 44 after an association with Nazi symbolism came to light.

When the new German jerseys were unveiled alongside many others in mid-March, they featured a new font. However, after the latest round of international matches, it was pointed out that the number 4 in the new font resembled the S shapes in the rune used by Nazi SS units during World War II.

On Monday, April 1, Adidas removed the personalization options for German national team jerseys that were available for sale on its website. A spokesperson stated that the company would block personalization of jerseys with the number 44, mentioning that the similarity to the SS logo was unintentional, as reported by the BBC.

„As a company, we are committed to combating xenophobia, anti-Semitism, violence, and hatred in all forms,“ he said.

Adidas also informed the BBC that the numbers were designed by the German Football Association (DFB) – the governing body of German football – and its partners.

German defender Jonathan Tah wearing a jersey with the number 4 on the front during a match against France on Tuesday, March 23. (Courtesy of Ahram Online)

On Twitter, the DFB (translated by Google into English) stated, „The DFB will review the numbers 0-9 and then present numbers 1-26 to UEFA for review. None of the parties involved saw any resemblance to Nazi symbolism in the development process of the jersey design.“

„Nevertheless, we take the information very seriously and do not want to provide a platform for discussions. Together with our partner 11teamsports, we will develop an alternative design for the number 4 and coordinate this with UEFA.“

The SS logo consists of two sign runes that were interpreted by some as victory symbols, arranged side by side like lightning bolts. It was first developed in 1933 and soon adopted by all branches of the SS.

The SS, or Schutzstaffel, was a paramilitary organization in Nazi Germany responsible for some of the worst atrocities of World War II. According to the BBC, „SS members ranged from Gestapo agents to concentration camp guards. The tasks of the SS included running extermination camps where millions of Jews and others were executed.“

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