Spain’s World Cup jersey sparks controversy
MADRID (AP) The Spain jersey that will be used in the World Cup has sparked controversy after being linked to the Republican flag of the 1930s.
The jersey has the colors red, yellow and blue, but some say that from afar the blue appears to have the same purple tone of the Republican flag used from 1931-39.
The flag is still used by those who oppose the Spanish monarch.
Apparel maker Adidas said there is no political implications in the jersey, and that the design was agreed upon with the Spanish soccer federation.
Federation officials also said that there is no intended link to the Republican flag.
The jersey is a throwback to the one used by Spain at the 1994 World Cup, with a side pattern mixing the three colors. Its main color remains red.
Spain is in the midst of a political crisis after Catalonia pushed for independence from the rest of the country.