The last jersey of the « Fennecs » triggered a new « diplomatic crisis » between Algeria and Morocco.
Indeed, the Moroccan Ministry of Culture contested the use of motifs representing Moroccan zellige (ceramic) in the warm-up jersey of « Warriors of the Desert ».
According to the newspaper « Le Monde », the Moroccan Ministry of Culture has ordered the German equipment manufacturer Adidas to remove this « controversial » jersey.
Controversy between Morocco adidas and Algeria around a « jersey »❗
« The common Maghreb culture must unite us and make us more united, and not divide us and turn us against each other ».
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« This is a flight of patterns inspired by Moroccan zellige [céramique caractéristique de l’art décoratif traditionnel marocain] that appear on Algerian sports jerseys, which prompted the ministry to act urgently. » spear a source within the Ministry of Culture in a statement given to the AFP.
A case that arises in a rather delicate political context due to differences of opinion on several issues between the two nations.
As a reminder, the two Maghreb countries are fighting over the organization of the 35th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations which will take place in 2025.
Deemed not ready to host this game, Guinea was deprived of the right to organize the CAN.