The New Zealand Football Confederation is considering dropping the nickname “All Whites” from the national team due to its racial sentiment.
While not confirming the rejection of the NZF (Initials in English) name, the company has taken a series of steps to increase its cultural content. The federation asked its allies to make recommendations for possible change.
The nickname “All Whites” has a short history. He was adopted by the national team during the 1982 World Cup qualifiers, and for the first time he wore a full white uniform.
Previously, the electorate wore a black shirt, white shirt and white socks. He then wore a white band, mainly designing the nickname “All Blacks”, which is the name of the national rugby team that plays all black uniforms.
“The New Zealand Football Association is immersed in the process of respecting cultural content and principles (the Waiting Agreement, the founding law of New Zealand signed between Ma Marie and the British Crown),” said Andrew Brocknell, executive director of the association.
“It is too early to anticipate what the outcome will be, but it is an important element of the work we have begun to be the most inclusive sport in Aotearoa (New Zealand).”
The Crusaders, a rugby team in Christchurch, had to remove a symbol depicting a knight wielding a sword last year, signifying religious wars in the Middle Ages. It defended its crusade name as its fans opposed the change.
Many professional groups in the United States have changed their names. The NFL’s Washington man has given up his nickname and Cleveland’s baseball owner will be known as the Guardians from next season. They both had nicknames that were considered offensive to Native Americans.
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