Why Barcelona could be forced to change home kit midway through this season

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There are few football kits more iconic than Barcelona’s.

The Catalan giants have sported the red and blue stripes from the moment they were formed back in 1899.

All of the club’s legendary players - from Paulino Alcántara through to Lionel Messi - have helped to make the jersey arguably the most famous in world football.

However, according to reports, Barça could be forced to change their current strip midway through the season.

Sounds a bit weird, doesn’t it? Let us explain…

Adidas have reportedly filled a complaint

According to reports in Spain - per The Sun’s sister site Dream Team - Adidas have filed a complaint against Nike, Barcelona’s current kit manufacturer, and the Spanish champions because of the club’s home kit.

The report claims Adidas have complained to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), filing a trademark infringement complaint.

And the sports manufacturer reportedly argue that Barcelona’s home kit is “too similar” to their own designs.

USPTO are apparently considering the argument and, according to Dream Team, it could lead to a situation where they’re forced to change their kit midway through the current campaign.

Adidas, incidentally, are the kit manufacturer of Barça’s fierce domestic rivals Real Madrid.

Surely this won't actually happen?

Millions of fans across the world have purchased the 2016-17 Barcelona shirt - many with their favourite players’ names on the back - and a kit change, presumably, could entitle these supporters to a refund or an exchange.

Subsequently, it’s hard to imagine Barcelona being told they must change their kit before the end of the season.

Nike have produced some classic Barcelona kits since 1998 and this year’s is no different.

Check them out here…

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