A new departure this week, and not just because power outage problems here in Ireland mean that it’s published on a Thursday, rather than a Wednesday.
No, this week’s edition is notable because it features a mashup which doesn’t involve any alteration to the traditional kit elements of shirts, shorts or socks.
With a lot of focus on Catalan independence of later, attention had been paid to Barcelona’s training tops, which are arranged in red and yellow stripes like the Senyera, the flag of Catalonia.
In the 2013-14 season, the club’s away kit was in this format:
You’ll note above how there is a yellow-to-red effect on the sleeves and socks, achieved with stripes of varying widths. The red at the end of the sleeves meant that the long-sleeved shirts, as favoured by Gerard Piqué, had red on the forearms, and, as per FIFA rules, baselayers worn under short sleeves had to imitate this.
It made for quite a red look and, given that Bilbao have red and white stripes, referee Juan Martinez Munuera came up with a solution – he asked Barça to wear yellow baselayers.
Why he didn’t also ask for the yellow shorts and socks to be worn, maximising the contrast, is unknown. However, Barcelona, undefeated in the league until then, lost 1-0, and the yellow baselayers were not seen again.