UEFA step in to rule on strange kit scenario between Celtic and Betis
Celtic and Real Betis Balompié both share the famous colours of Green and White. At either Celtic Park or Estadio Benito Villamarin, you’ll see the iconic colours on the shirts, in the terrace and adorned around the stadium.
Except tomorrow night.
Journalist and co-founder of Eldes Marque, Andrés Ocaña, has written that Betis will have to play in their change blue kit. None of Celtic’s three options are compatible with the Betis home shirt, according to UEFA.
“It is confirmed that tomorrow Betis will debut in the Europa League with the second blue kit, despite playing at home. Celtic will [use their] third [kit]. The three shirts presented by the Scots are incompatible according to UEFA with the first kit of @RealBetis.”
In previous years, Celtic have combatted these kinds of issues. Yellow kits, black kits, even the iconic bumble-bee. However, this season, Celtic have the Hoops for home games, a solid dark green away kit, and a white third kit, with pink and green flourishes.
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It’s certainly a strange set of circumstances. It’ll be extremely jarring to see Betis wearing blue at home.
Of course, such a thing for Celtic would be beyond unthinkable.
UEFA step in on Celtic and Betis colour clash; surely this would’ve been considered in pre-season
Now, this isn’t to criticise Adidas, Celtic, UEFA, Real Betis or anyone associated with this problem.
Surely, though, it was kind of inevitable. Much like Hibernian bringing out a white and green away kit, some forethought would’ve helped for situations exactly like this.
Sure, it is the definition of superficial. As long as it’s the right players and clubs turning up, the kits don’t really matter, do they?
But the function of a change kit is that it’s used in scenarios when the away kit isn’t distinctive enough, colour-wise. That’s the exact modus operandi. You have to imagine this was addressed at some stage.
In a way, it’s quite sad; the occasion was certainly boosted by a shared heritage and tradition between the two clubs, in terms of kits.
But then, Celtic could be wearing polkadots tomorrow night and it wouldn’t matter if we nabbed three points from Seville tomorrow night.