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Eagle wanted back on Poland’s national football team strip
November 17, 2011   
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Pawel Brozek, member of Polish national football team
Poland football fans got enraged after the traditional emblem of a crowned white eagle against a red background disappeared from the recently unveiled new shirts of Poland’s national football, ahead of the Euro 2012 championship which Poland will co-host with Ukraine.

The new gear contains only the red and white stripes of the Polish flag and the logo of the PZPN Polish Football Association, which features a vague rendering of an eagle that is less visible.

'Where is the eagle! Where is the eagle!,' fans shouted during the Poland-Italy friendly last Friday when the Polish national team debuted in the new uniforms.

The Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski said he did not understand the decision to leave off the eagle and would expect an explanation from the PZPN about the move.

He called the traditional eagle emblem a ''well known, well liked and loved symbol,'' and said the association should have thought twice before retiring it.

PZPN has quoted marketing rights for the change made when ordering shirts from Nike.

The ruling Civic Platform (PO) party said it would put before parliament an amendment to the Sport Act that would require all Polish athletes to wear a uniform bearing the traditional Polish eagle.

"Article 13 of the Sports Act says that Polish representatives have the right to use the national emblem on their shirts. We want a small change - instead of giving 'the right' to use the emblem, Polish representatives will be obliged to use the national emblem on the strips,” PO MP Andrzej Biernat said as quoted by the Polish Radio.

PZPN members will reportedly call to return the eagle to team shirts during an association annual convention on November 25, PZNP announced in a statement published on its website.
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