There Was A Very Good Reason Portugal And Wales Both Played In Their Away Kits Last Night

Chris Wright

7th, July 2016



If, like Pies, you couldn’t help but wonder why both Portugal and Wales took to the field in their away kits last night, then wonder no more.

Indeed, we immediately assumed the motive was simply financial, but it so transpires that there was actually a very good reason both nations wore their change strips.

Apparently, UEFA had both teams wear their alternate kits to ensure that people with colourblindness could also enjoy the game while being able to discern between players…

As per the Colour Blind Awareness Organisation, the fact that one team played in a dark kit (Wales) and one team played in a comparatively light kit (Portugal) helped enormously in colourblind fans being able to tell the difference.


Image: @colourblindorg/Twitter

For all the bad press UEFA tend to attract, you’ve got to admit that’s a pretty solid gesture.

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  1. Iván Rocha says:

    I call bullshit.

  2. John Leslie WORLEY says:

    At the end of the day it is all about sport, who cares about who wears what. football was the game and football was played. not who gets how much and who pays them to display this garment or name tag. sport sport sport is what it is all about. Great Game Great players. thanks to you all.

  3. maria says:

    I thought this was well known? I’m sure I read somewhere that at tournaments it’s a FIFA directive that each team has a light strip and a dark strip to ensure high contrast between any two teams. I thought it was for all the poors around the world huddled around 15″ black and white TVs, but colour blindness works too.

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