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Portugal and Wales forced to wear away kits in Euro 2016 clash

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Ever since their scintillating 3-1 win over Belgium, the build-up to Wales’ Euro 2016 semi final clash with Portugal has been inescapable. It's the biggest game in their history. 

However, aside from the talk of Cristiano Ronaldo versus Gareth Bale and Pepe’s last gasp injury, there’s been a more curious talking point.

It has been revealed that Wales were denied the request to wear their red home kit despite Portugal also being forced to don their away jersey.

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Consequently, Portugal and Wales will be vying for a place in the Euro 2016 final in their respective away strips.

It has resulted in a odd mash-up of charcoal and yellow alongside Ronaldo and co’s lime green contribution. As far as kit clashes go, it’s one of the more ugly match-ups.

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Portugal, strictly speaking, are the home side for this fixture. However, their red jersey was deemed too similar to that of Wales’ away kit and thus they turned to their alternative.

Oddly though, Wales were also denied the chance to wear their home shirt despite it bearing no obvious clash with that of their opponents.

Wales v Belgium - Quarter Final: UEFA Euro 2016

It’s yet to be confirmed whether their request was blocked by UEFA or the Portuguese themselves, but Twitter has reacted to the curious situation. Here are the pick of the Tweets:

The only previous occasion Wales have worn their away jersey at the tournament was in their 2-1 defeat to England- take that as you will. Even in their second-choice attire though, Bale and co will prove a force to be reckoned with in Lyon.

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Wales
Gareth Bale
Football
Cristiano Ronaldo
Portugal National Football Team
Euro 2016

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