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Last Updated: Wednesday, 28 April, 2004, 07:49 GMT 08:49 UK
Shirt sales go belly-up
Newcastle fan
Just weight for the new shirts
Flabby football fans in Holland are worried they won't be able to fit into replica tops of their favourite team.

Feyenoord have been bombarded by calls from larger-than-life supporters who saw striker Dirk Kuyt modelling the new skinny-fit shirt.

They pointed out the Italian designer jersey would show off all their worst features, not least their beer bellies.

A Feyenoord spokesman insisted they would be making bigger versions of the tops - up to a massive XXXXXL.

"The biggest shirts will be absolutely beer-belly proof," he maintained.

Try telling that to the Newcastle fan in the picture.


Glad all over

Italy will be going into battle at Euro 2004 wearing special gladiatorial kits.

The new shirts retain the traditional blue colour, but according to Puma the sleeves and layered collars draw inspiration from ancient gladiators' armour.

Gladiators
And it's one-nil to Italy

The kits, created by English designer Neil Barrett, also include numbers on the front and back.

Italy coach Giovanni Trapattoni said: "I hope this uniform brings us good luck like the last jersey."

If not, he will surely fall on his sword.


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