Posted by John Devlin
Another kit clash issue arose yesterday at Villa Park when referee Rob Styles forced Aston Villa to wear their all white Nike third shirt against West Ham as he believed the Hammers all light blue Umbro away strip would clash with Villa’s home outfit. Villa boss Martin O’Neill was not happy.
I couldn’t really understand the problem when I first heard the story but on looking again at West Ham’s away kit the ref may just have a point. When you consider the large flashes of claret across the chest and the huge claret sponsors logo (designed of course to obliterate that of the now defunct XL Holidays there is certainly an argument that this may provide a visbility problem against Villa’s claret and blue.
To make matters even more interesting in the first half Villa’s shirts were without sponsors/player names but in the second half they were!
Perhaps now the likely trend for simpler kits has come at the right time?
Thanks to David Privett for the tip.
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