The Story Of The Most Controversial Football Kit In History

Releasing new kits ahead of a new season is a cherished tradition among football teams worldwide. It serves as an exciting moment for supporters and players alike, generating anticipation and showcasing the team’s identity. 

The Fiorentina away kit from the 1992/93 season. Most Controversial Football Kit

Clubs often collaborate with renowned sportswear brands like Adidas and Nike to design their kits, carefully incorporating team colors, symbols, and sponsors while aiming to capture the essence of the club’s history and values. 

However, in the colorful world of football kits, there are occasions when certain designs find themselves in the crosshairs of controversy, leading to bans and being dubbed as “awful.”

The Fiorentina away kit from the 1992/93 season that featured a predominantly white base and thick vertical stripes in shades of purple and orange, alternating in a captivating pattern, is notable for being banned by the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

The kit designed by sportswear manufacturer Lotto, was discovered to have unintentionally featured use of swastikas, a symbol widely associated with Nazi Germany, after thorough scrutiny by fans.

Interestingly, as reported by The Guardian, it took several months for fans to realize the striking resemblance of the shirt’s pattern to swastikas, with the first complaints emerging in December 1992.

The Fiorentina away kit from the 1992/93 season that featured swastikas

Despite its condemnation, the kit has become a collector’s item and is considered a rare piece of football memorabilia. It remains a notable chapter in the club’s history, illustrating the clash between tradition and innovation in football aesthetics.

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