Why Reading FC’s kit clashed with referee in Berks & Bucks County Cup


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Aside from a brilliant performance by Myles Roberts in the Reading goal on Tuesday night, there was one other talking point during the game.

It became apparent to all 1,100 plus supporters inside Larges Lane if not prior to kick, shortly after that both the match referee and the Royals were wearing all black kits.

Quite why Reading weren’t wearing a home kit for the match is anyone’s guess, but Football in Bracknell asked the County FA who provided the following response: “We are aware of the kit clash between Reading FC and the Match Officials at last night’s Senior Cup game at Bracknell Town.

“It is standard practice within all of our County Cups for Referees to wear black kits, but if we had been made aware prior to match day of a clash we would have made necessary arrangements, however on this occasion, unfortunately, the Match Officials were not made aware of a kit clash with Reading FC until shortly before the game when it became apparent.”

See our full gallery of Neil Graham images from Bracknell vs Reading here:

“The alternatives discussed on the evening were, through nobody’s fault, not appropriate for the Officials or Reading FC, so it was decided by all that they would play with the kits that Reading and the Match Officials had.

“We are satisfied that it did not have a detrimental impact on what was an enjoyable cup game, or on the performances of the players and Match Officials.

“It is fantastic to have Reading FC back in the competition, and we hope that this issue does not deflect from what was an excellent evening of football and a great occasion.”

Next: Read the Football in Bracknell report from Bracknell v Reading

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