The Croatian Football Federation has successfully managed to overturn a FIFA decision. No, not the 10-match ban handed down to Joe Šimunić, but the decision by FIFA to direct Croatia to wear its alternative blue strip in the opening match at the World Cup in Brazil…
Croatian FA President Davor Šuker presented a range of arguments to FIFA secretary Jérôme Valcke why Croatia should wear the traditional red and white checks in what will be one of the most watched events in 2014, after FIFA had earlier said Croatia was to wear the predominantly all blue kit.
“I believe that they are aware that our ‘checks’ are famous and recognisable around the world, and it would mean a lot to us in that important game to be able to play in our first strip,” said the FA.
Croatia will take on Brazil in the red and white checks on 12 June in Sao Paulo, and wear them for their remaining group matches. (pic: Drago Sopta / HNS)