Stalemate in France-All Blacks shirt row

5th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

5 October 2007, CARDIFF (AFP) - Attempts to break a deadlock over clashing shirts for Saturday's World Cup quarter-final between France and New Zealand reached an impasse on Thursday, according to a World Cup source.

5 October 2007

CARDIFF (AFP) - Attempts to break a deadlock over clashing shirts for Saturday's World Cup quarter-final between France and New Zealand reached an impasse on Thursday, according to a World Cup source.

France won a coin toss on Tuesday to decide who would chose their shirt colours but tests carried out on Wednesday showed a great similarity between both All Blacks shirts, the traditional black and their second shirt of grey, and the navy blue jersey of France.

France's second shirt is white and would cause no problems but the hosts are insisting on their right to choose their kit, and they've chosen home colours.

"We'll play in blue. They're the French colours. I got up early on Tuesday morning to go to a coin toss which we won," said France team manager Jo Maso.

It is the second time New Zealand have run into this problem after their match against Scotland at Murrayfield on September 23 when both teams wore strips which were incredibly alike leading to confusion among spectators.

All World Cup teams are obliged to have two different coloured strips.

It's the first time that a dilemma of this nature has surfaced between France and New Zealand, who traditionally wear navy blue and black respectively.

But the problem has arisen as a result of the French opting for a navy blue shirt which they have worn since their World Cup qualifying matches in August.

According to the World Cup source, one team must play in white, although the All Blacks only have to two kits which clash with France's choice.

The World Cup organising committee was due to make a final decision on the shirts problem by midday Thursday, but didn't even do that.

AFP

Subject: French news

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