Adidas may be compelled to intervene in a dispute over the uniforms worn by Nayef Aguerd and Said Benrahma of West Ham United.
This weekend, West Ham returns to play for a crucial match against Wolves to begin a hectic month of October.
Aguerd is a long-term absentee from the West Ham team, but under pressure Moyes has a squad that is essentially completely healthy.
The Moroccan defender, who cost West Ham £30 million, was the club’s first acquisition in a hectic summer.
But after suffering a catastrophic ankle injury on just his second preseason outing for West Ham, the left-sided center-back was sidelined for three months.
Surgery was necessary for Aguerd’s injury, and he is anticipated to return by the end of October.
West Ham has struggled with defensive injury difficulties the whole season. And Aguerd has been sadly missed.
In all likelihood, the defender will concentrate on getting healthy again so West Ham may be named to Morocco’s team for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which begins in November.
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If the West Ham player returns to action without any complications, he will be a lock for Morocco.
The failure of Algeria to qualify means that West Ham playmaker Benrahma will not be joining Aguerd in the winter World Cup, if chosen.
What uniform Benrahma will wear for Algeria the following time he is called up is less certain, though.
Because Adidas was compelled to take action following a dispute over the uniforms worn by West Ham pair Aguerd and Benrahma.
Adidas’ newest line of Algerian national team jerseys has reportedly been ordered to be withdrawn by the Moroccan Ministry of Culture, which has accused Adidas of copying “Moroccan cultural heritage” motifs.
Last weekend saw the debut of West Ham star Benrahma’s new national team uniform.
However, it is creating issues in Nayef’s native Morocco.
It is “plagiarism,” according to the Moroccan Ministry of Culture.
According to a source who spoke with Get French Football News, “It is a theft of elements inspired by the Moroccan zellige” (ceramic characteristic of traditional Moroccan ornamental art), which appear on Algeria’s sports jerseys, which prompted the government to act quickly.
The Moroccan attorney decried “a cultural appropriation and an effort to take a theme of the Moroccan cultural heritage to utilise it outside its context” in an official notification issued by bailiff and email to Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted.
Mourad Elajouti ordered that the German sports equipment maker immediately stop selling the line of shirts that, in his opinion, were inspired by the Mechouar castle in Tlemcen, in northwest Algeria.