A dispute over kits worn by West Ham United duo Nayef Aguerd and Said Benrahma could see Adidas forced to act.

West Ham are back in action this weekend for a crunch game against Wolves to kick off a jam-packed October.

Under pressure Moyes has more or less a fully-fit West Ham squad to choose from besides long-term absentee Aguerd.

The Moroccan defender was West Ham’s first signing of a busy summer when he joined from Rennes in a £30m deal.

But the left-sided centre-back was ruled out for three months after a serious ankle injury on what was only his second West Ham appearance in pre-season.

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Aguerd’s injury required surgery and he is expected to be back by the end of October.

West Ham have had defensive injury issues all season so far. And they have sorely missed Aguerd.

Earlier this month Moyes revealed Aguerd was out of his protective boot and ‘looking good’.

Realistically the defender’s focus will be on getting back fit enough for West Ham to be included in Morocco’s squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which gets underway in November.

The West Ham man will be a certain pick for Morocco providing he comes back to action with no issues.

What is also certain is that West Ham playmaker Benrahma will not be joining Aguerd – if selected – at the winter World Cup after Algeria failed to qualify.

Less certain, though, is what kit Benrahma will be playing in for Algeria the next time he is called up by his national team.

Because a dispute over kits worn by West Ham duo Aguerd and Benrahma has seen Adidas forced into action.

According to L’Équipe the Moroccan Ministry of Culture has ordered Adidas to withdraw its new collection of Algerian national team shirts, accusing it of misappropriating symbols of “Moroccan cultural heritage”.

The new jersey of West Ham star Benrahma’s national team was unveiled last weekend.

But it is causing problems over in Nayef’s homeland Morocco.

According to the Moroccan Ministry of Culture, it is ‘plagiarism’.

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“It is a theft of motifs inspired by the Moroccan zellige” (ceramic characteristic of traditional Moroccan decorative art) which appear on Algeria’s sports jerseys, which led the ministry to act urgently,” a source told Get French Football News.

In a formal notice sent by e-mail and by bailiff to the CEO of Adidas Kasper Rorsted, the Moroccan lawyer denounced “a cultural appropriation and an attempt to steal a motif of the Moroccan cultural heritage to use it outside its context.”

Mourad Elajouti demanded the withdrawal of the collection of shirts by the German sports equipment manufacturer within two weeks, which, according to him, drew its inspiration from the Mechouar palace in Tlemcen, in north-west Algeria.


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