The Women’s Football Euro, which is held in England until July 31, allows in turn to shine the spotlight on a problem of dress code for high level players. It was the English who opened the debate: because they play in white shorts – as can also happen to the French women’s team. An outfit that exposes them to a definite discomfort when they have their periods. For this competition, the footballers therefore ask Nike, their equipment supplier, to review its copy. They received the support of Wendy Renard, the captain of the Bleues, dressed by the same equipment supplier.
Message sent to Nike, supplier of both teams
In an article from the British daily TelegraphEngland striker Beth Mead explains that she asked Nike to stop playing with white shorts. « It’s great to have an all-white kit, but sometimes it’s not practical when it’s the time of the month. We deal with it as best we can. We’ve discussed it as a team and we’re working on it. told Nike, » she says.
A request quickly supported by the English Football Federation, which, in a second Telegraph articleensures understand « the importance of this issue« . »Any feedback from them will be considered for future models“, adds a spokesperson for the Federation.
The French support the request
And the captain of the Blue, Wendy Renard, approves. « It’s true that it’s not bad, because indeed, it’s not easy. Afterwards, we adapt, we are high level players and we know that, unfortunately, we have that which is part of of our life », said the player at a press conference on July 9. « It’s a good thing (to ask for the color change) so I congratulate the English for that. ». She adds : « If tomorrow they (Nikes) can do the same for us that would be cool. » For the moment, Nike and the French Football Federation have not reacted.
Another tricolor sportswoman had already denounced the fact of competing in white. The judokate Clarisse Agbégnénou, by launching her brand of menstrual panties, had mentioned in May 2021 the difficulty of being in a white kimono during your period. “Many times between training I had to go to the bathroom to change everything,” she had explained.
More broadly, more and more sportswomen regret being imposed unsuitable outfits. The Norwegian beach handball team had for example been sanctioned in July 2021 for refusing to play in a bikini, an outfit deemed sexist. The International Handball Federation then changed its rules, allowing women to wear short, fitted pants.