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Saturday 3 December 2016

Adidas defends Man United's women's shirt

The men's and women's Manchester United strip for the 2015/16 season
The men's and women's Manchester United strip for the 2015/16 season
The neckline on the men's kit seen here is much higher than the women's version

Adidas has defended the design of Manchester United's new women's shirt.

Adidas unveiled the first United kit of its £750million deal with the Old Trafford club last week.

The German sportswear giant was criticised for the design of the women's shirt, which had a much lower neckline than the men's version.

One United fan, @MUnitedGirl, posted on Twitter: "Seriously Adidas? Why is the V-neck so low compared with the men's one? Some of us don't like to show cleavage.

"I call that discrimination. Nike never did that."

Responding to the criticism, Adidas said it took the thoughts of fans into account before producing the kit.

"Adidas provides an adult shirt which is a replica of what the players wear," an Adidas spokesperson said.

"Based on research from fans, we also offer a women's shirt as part of our lifestyle range of products.

"This range has a slightly different design and fit to give fans a choice."

There were those who did not find the design of the new shirt offensive.

Sonal Raja said: "Wow they actually released a women's shirt this year! About time tbh... It's cute u know. I like it."

Nike did not produce a women's version of the United shirt last season.

Adidas pointed out that it makes women's kits for Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and all of its other top European clubs.

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