Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

Has IFA got it wrong with new Northern Ireland football shirt?

"Two tones of green in a NI home top isn't right"

Sammy Clingan, Jonny Evans and Niall McGinn model the new Northern Ireland kit
Sammy Clingan, Jonny Evans and Niall McGinn model the new Northern Ireland kit

Never mind 50 Shades Of Grey, some Northern Ireland fans were in uproar yesterday over the shade of green chosen for the latest jersey.

Green and White Army devotees are also upset that the stripes on the new shirt – of which the first pictures were released yesterday – are another shade of green instead of white.

One fan claimed the new shirt looked more like the Republic of Ireland's kit.

Northern Ireland fan Jonathan Lavery said he felt it just didn't look like a Northern Ireland shirt.

"Two tones of green in a NI home top isn't right. Northern Ireland is the Green and White Army, not the two tone green army," he said, adding: "It looks rather cheap. I preferred previous home shirts."

He also criticised the £52 price tag: "The IFA has got this one wrong. Another issue is the pricing. The IFA is charging fans £52 for this horrible design. Many Northern Ireland fans will be deciding against purchasing this one."

IFA spokesman Geoff Wilson urged fans to give the new shirt a chance and wait to see it close up.

"There have been some negative comments but also some positive comments," he said. "We have had the darker colour before in our anniversary shirt in 2005 and that sold extremely well.

"I think we would ask the fans who maybe aren't sold on it to wait until it's worn on TV and until they see it in stores."

Mr Wilson said there will be a 15% discount for members of its Northern Ireland Fans scheme at JD Sports.

He also pointed out that the current away top is black, and said it had sold extremely well.

"I think the fans will be very happy with our new away top, though I can't say much more about that," he teased.

The new Northern Ireland away shirt will be released in February.

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What do you think of the new kit? Let us know in the comments below.

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