Barcelona set for hoops instead of stripes on controversial new shirt

The Catalan club's proposed kit for 2015-16 has been leaked in the local press and is proving unpopular with fans of the Blaugrana on social media
Barcelona are planning a controversial new home kit for 2015-16 which features red and blue hoops.

The proposed design - radically different to the traditional vertical blaugrana stripes - was revealed by Catalan paper Sport on Tuesday and has already received a backlash from fans on social media.

Barca's traditional stripes have been a permanent fixture on the club's home shirt since 1910, with the Blaugrana previously having used a half-red, half-blue design for their first 11 years of existence.

That format was brought back to celebrate the Catalans' centenary in the 1998-99 campaign and then controversially used again 10 years later in 2008-09, which turned out to the most successful season in the club's history as they claimed a treble of Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League titles. However, this latest design is considered to be breaking with club tradition and according to a poll run by El Mundo Deportivo, eight of out 10 fans are against the proposed strip. "Not liked", the paper said simply on its front page on Wednesday.

The Barca board have already agreed to the new kit, but some club directors are opposed to the initiative and if fan reaction is taken into account, the Catalans could yet decide to veto the proposed strip.

However, with production due to start shortly in order to manufacture the kit for summer sale, time is running out and it may already be too late to opt for an alternative design for next season.

Barca's planned away jersey for next season, meanwhile, is a variation of the 'Senyera' strip featuring the Catalan colours, with vertical stripes only on the back this time and a plain yellow front.