Unfortunately, this isn’t a Bavarian Fashion Works joke. UEFA is actually opening up an investigation into Bayern Munich and Leon Goretzka for a minor jersey slip up during the Champions League loss to Liverpool at the Allianz Arena (per Az).
Goretzka came on as a second half sub in the 72nd minute to replace Javi Martinez and he was wearing a Bundesliga kit instead of Bayern’s European kit. At first glance, there’s really no difference between the two jerseys, but the sleeve patches are different. On Bayern’s regular Bundesliga kit, they have the white and gold Bundesliga “Deutscher Fussballmeister 2017/2018” patch on the right sleeve, and the “Qatar Airways” patch on the left sleeve. The problem with this is that UEFA only allows one sponsor on jerseys for the Champions League, so Goretzka’s kit would’ve been in violation of that law since he was sporting both Qatar Airways and T-Mobile on his kit.
Additionally, the Champions League jerseys are supposed to feature the official Champions League soccer ball logo on the right sleeve, with the “Respect” badge on the left sleeve along with the Champions League trophy emblem signifying that Bayern have won the competition five times.
Not for nothing, either, but the Champions League jerseys for Bayern only have the number and the player’s last name displayed above the number on the back. Normally, the league kits have “FC Bayern Munchen” above the number and the player’s name beneath the number.
A close look at the kit slip up:
Leon Goretzka wore the wrong shirt with a Bundesliga patch last night pic.twitter.com/cMVttvfWPm— Bayern & Die Mannschaft (@eMiaSanMia) March 14, 2019
We’re not really sure who to blame for this one, but we can assure you that it wasn’t Bavarian Fashion Works trying to send UEFA a message on fashion trends. We could’ve easily made this a “UEFA is too mainstream for fashion” type of satirical post, but it does seem rather far-fetched that this is actually a big deal to UEFA. Maybe Bayern’s kit man is going to be forced to run laps and do extra push-ups by Niko Kovac. Or, what would be even better, perhaps Goretzka will come out with a public statement saying “Champions League jerseys are so last year.”
This situation has us feeling like Mugatu, a true legend in the fashion game:
Yeah, Mugatu, I've been feeling the same lately... pic.twitter.com/Kf2YYTGebX— FrancescoFrancavilla (@f_francavilla) December 18, 2016
Regardless, a decision on whether or not Bayern will be punished for this will take place on May 16th, when the Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Committee of UEFA meets.