“The three birds being a tribute to Bob Marley’s song do not represent a team identification of Ajax as set out in Article 13 of the equipment regulations,” UEFA said in a statement, adding the manufacturer “was given the options about how the design could be adapted.”
Ajax decided its players will wear game shirts without the motif while selling a version to fans with the birds.
The team’s home uniform is iconic thick red and white vertical stripes.
Ajax’s Champions League campaign starts Wednesday at Sporting Lisbon. The group also includes Borussia Dortmund and Beşiktaş.
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