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PM RISHI SUNAK TELLS NIKE 'DONT MESS' WITH FLAGS ON ENGLAND FOOTBALL KIT

PM RISHI SUNAK TELLS NIKE 'DONT MESS' WITH FLAGS ON ENGLAND FOOTBALL KIT
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PM RISHI SUNAK TELLS NIKE 'DONT MESS' WITH FLAGS ON ENGLAND FOOTBALL KIT

PM RISHI SUNAK TELLS NIKE 'DONT MESS' WITH FLAGS ON ENGLAND FOOTBALL KIT

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has weighed in on the debate surrounding the colours of a cross on the latest England's football team kit, declaring that the cross of St. George should not be tampered with. His comments come amidst criticism over Nike's design for the new kit, which takes creative liberties by incorporating anavy, light blue, and purple cross alongside the traditional red.

Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer and other prominent figures have expressed reservations about Nike's design, which deviates from the traditional representation of the St. George's Cross. However, England and Nike have indicated that there are no plans to alter or recall the controversial shirt.

Speaking to reporters, Prime Minister Sunak emphasised the importance of preserving the integrity of national flags, describing them as symbols of pride, identity, and unity. He underscored that any modifications to these symbols are unnecessary and risk undermining their significance.

Echoing Sunak's sentiments, Culture Secretary Frazer asserted that the national heritage, including the St. George's Cross, serves to unite the nation and should be respected. She emphasised the importance of prioritising fans' preferences and called for a reconsideration of the design.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer echoed these sentiments, emphasising the St. George's Cross's role as a unifying symbol that transcends political divides. He urged Nike to reconsider its design and revert to the traditional representation of the flag.

Nike's Tweet defending their design

Nike defended its design, describing it as a "playful update" to the St. George's Cross aimed at inspiring unity. The kit, launched ahead of Euro 2024, pays homage to England's footballing history, drawing inspiration from the training kit worn by the 1966 World Cup winners.

The England 2024 Home kit will be available for purchase on 21 March, with prices ranging from £64.99 to £124.99. Despite the controversy, the Football Association (FA) stands by the Nike design, emphasising its commitment to upholding the integrity of the St. George's Cross.

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