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Del Piero banned from wearing captain’s armband

March 13, 2014

SYDNEY (AP) — Sydney FC forward Alessandro Del Piero has been told he can’t wear a captain’s armband bearing the logo of his clothing line because it breaches A-League regulations.

Local media reported on Friday that Sydney, which made Del Piero captain this season, was notified by Football Federation Australia that the 2006 World Cup winner with Italy was using the armband for possible promotional purposes.

The armband displays his company’s image and replicas are sold through his online store.

As with the English Premier League, the A-League has rules that standardize captains’ armbands and prevent players from wearing custom designs that may display advertisements, messages or images.

In Serie A, where Del Piero played more than 19 seasons, clubs provide their own armbands and players have been known to wear personalized items.

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