German football authorities have made the decision to redesign the number “4” on Adidas national shirts after controversy over its similarity to the symbol used by the SS, the Nazi paramilitary unit. This decision was made following social media users creating T-shirts with the number ’44’, which resembled the Schutzstaffel logo. The German Football Association (DFB) has announced that it will work with its partner 11teamsports to create an alternative design for the number four that complies with UEFA rules.

Although not currently used by the German men’s and women’s teams, Adidas has allowed customers to personalize jerseys with numbers and names. Images of jerseys bearing the number 44 were widely shared online, prompting Adidas to quickly block customization options for this number. A spokesperson for Adidas emphasized the company’s opposition to xenophobia, anti-Semitism, violence and hatred in any form. As of Tuesday, Adidas removed customization options for German teams’ kits while keeping them active for other nations’ kits.

The move to create an alternative design for the number four shows a commitment from sports organizations and brands to be aware of potential impact of their design choices. It is important for these organizations to address public concerns about potentially offensive images in order to maintain values of inclusivity and respect in sports.

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