German football association (DFB) to alter typeface following controversy over kit number.

The German Football Association (DFB) announced on Monday its decision to change the typeface used on its shirts after criticism arose over one of the kit numbers bearing resemblance to a Nazi symbol.

According to reports, the number four worn by national team players drew comparisons to the insignia of the Nazis’ elite SS corps.

In a statement released by the football association, it was mentioned, “The DFB meticulously examines the numbers 0-9 and subsequently submits the numbers 1-26 to UEFA for review.” Despite this process, the DFB asserted that none of the parties involved noticed any resemblance to Nazi symbolism during the creation phase. However, the organization expressed its reluctance to fuel further discussion on the matter.

The DFB announced its intention to collaborate with its partner 11teamsports to develop an alternative design for the number four, which will then be coordinated with UEFA.

Following the controversy, Adidas, the kit provider, reportedly removed shirt personalization options for the German strip from its website. This action was confirmed by the German daily Bild, which noted that name and number personalization features were unavailable during a recent visit by an AFP journalist.

Shirts featuring the number 44 were specifically highlighted in the controversy, with concerns raised over their similarity to the SS logo. Deliveries of shirts already ordered with the number have been halted, according to Bild.

The new typeset was introduced during recent friendlies against France and the Netherlands, as Germany gears up to host the men’s European football championship in June and July.

Last month, the DFB stirred up further attention by announcing its decision to replace Adidas as its kit provider from 2027. The long-standing partnership with the German outfitter will give way to US sportswear giant Nike.