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Did New York City FC Just Rip Off Man City’s Kit?

I understand that Manchester City are the parent club of New York City FC, but do there kits have to be so similar? It looks like NYC FC went for a cheap knockoff of the City shirt.

NYC FC unveiled their new sky blue strip at New York’s Terminal 5 venue on Thursday, and as you can see it beats a striking resemblance to Man City’s kit.


Speaking at the event, NYC FC Chief business officer Tim Pernetti said:

‘This is a milestone day for New York City Football Club.

‘Our first home jersey is a huge part of our identity and we are proud that our kit and our team will be so strongly associated with a partner of the caliber of Etihad Airways.

‘Today will be remembered as one of our most significant landmark moments as we build towards our historic inaugural season, due to kick off this coming March.

‘This is just the first day of what we firmly believe will be a lasting and fruitful relationship, both for New York City Football Club and for Etihad Airways.

‘We cannot wait to start working together to provide a fantastic experience for New Yorkers.’

The club will play its first couple of seasons at Yankee Stadium which their new soccer specific stadium is being built.