Team GB slammed for ‘defacing’ Union Jack by turning it pink and purple for Paris Olympics

The £12 supporters flag has been changed the normal purple, white and blue design with a brand new color scheme

Crew GB have been slammed for ‘defacing’ the Union Jack after turning the flag pink and purple forward of the Paris Olympics this summer time.

The alteration options on the Supporter’s Flag which is being offered for £12 on Crew GB’s web site, with it additionally that includes on bunting and hand waver flags.

It comes after Nike got here underneath fireplace from followers for altering components of the St George’s Cross on the again of England’s new dwelling equipment to purple and president of the Nationwide Flag Institute Malcolm Farrow accused Crew GB of ‘defacing’ the nationwide image of unity.

Team GB flag – Team GB slammed for 'defacing' Union Jack by turning it pink and purple for Paris Olympics

Crew GB’s rebrand of the Union Jack colors has ben met with backlash from sports activities followers

“I don’t approve of our nationwide image of unity being defaced,” he instructed The Solar.

“Individuals have each proper to be upset with Crew GB. They should bear in mind courageous males fought for this flag and died whereas defending it. Altering it’s bordering on an insult to them. To do one thing like this in locations like India, Greece or Turkey would have critical penalties.”

He added “Designs to commemorate particular occasions like earlier Olympics have put an authorized badge within the centre and saved the flag the identical. That is only a advertising gimmick.”

The flag change comes after the British Olympic Affiliation – the committee behind Crew GB – employed design firm ‘Thisaway’ to focus on interesting to a youthful viewers by rising curiosity in athletics exterior of the Olympics.

“As with many sport manufacturers, color was some extent of competition,” This away wrote on their web site regarding the Supporters Flag. “Clearly purple, white and blue is synonymous with Nice Britain, nevertheless it’s removed from distinctive, with nations reminiscent of France and USA additionally sporting the identical colors. We would have liked to discover a method of refreshing Crew GB’s color palette in a method that’s each versatile and ownable.”

“Relatively than making an attempt to look past the normal colors, we determined to embrace them and push the enduring purple, white and blue so far as we may.” Purple was beforehand take out of designs on Crew GB’s London 2012 equipment earlier than it was restored in Rio 2016 and Tokyo 4 years in the past.

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