Newcastle forced to change iconic kit for Champions League clash with AC Milan

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    Eagle-eyed football fans spotted a small change to Newcastle's iconic black and white stripes as they made their return to the Champions League.

    Newcastle's kit donned a lot more white than usual, with the stripes abruptly stopping around the numbers on the back of their shirts. And it was down to a UEFA rule.

    UEFA rules state "the area on the back of a playing shirt [is] reserved exclusively for the shirt number" and that the number zone "must extend 2cm above the highest point and 3cm below the lowest point of the two digits, and horizontally 3cm from the left edge of the left-hand digit and 3cm from the right edge of the right-hand digit".

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    "Just deeped that Newcastle jerseys look like footlocker employee shirts," one fan joked. While a second shared: "Why do Newcastle have red numbers if the back has a box on it?"

    "The red on the back of the Newcastle shirts is horrific," a third fumed. And another added: "Newcastle are moving like Juventus with their funny kit!"

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    It's been two decades since Newcastle last graced the upper echelons of European football. And they will make their return at one of the Champions League's most famous venues: San Siro.

    The Magpies have two other tough opponents, with St James' Park also set to welcome PSG and Borussia Dortmund. The French giants and Dortmund will meet in the other Group F clash at the Parc des Princes later on Tuesday evening.

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