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The Kansas City Chiefs Will Not Be Dropping Their Nickname Or Logo

The Kansas City Chiefs Will Not Be Dropping Their Nickname Or Logo

The Kansas City Chiefs won't be changing their nickname but have released a new set of rules regarding what fans can and can't wear.

According to the strict regulations, supporters of the reigning Super Bowl champions will no longer be allowed to wear any pieces of clothing that references Native American-Indian culture - including face paints, headdresses or garments.

A Chiefs fans wearing a traditional Native-American headdress. Credit: Twitter
A Chiefs fans wearing a traditional Native-American headdress. Credit: Twitter

This news comes in the wake of the Washington Redskins' decision to drop their 87-year-old nickname and logo following heavy backlash regarding issues with its racial undertones.

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Mounting pressure from the public, as well as corporate sponsors and retailers, resulted in the NFL heavyweights finally retiring the logo and nickname - although their replacement name left everyone a little confused.

Kansas City Chiefs celebrate their Super Bowl victory
Kansas City Chiefs celebrate their Super Bowl victory

As for Patrick Mahomes and the Super Bowl champs, they won't be forced to re-name the organisation, although their die-hard fans will have to find a new game-day wardrobe.

While calls for change have come thick and fast following Washington's decision, this isn't the first time talks of a Chiefs re-brand has circulated around the NFL world.

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But following deeper discussions with Native cultural organisations, it appears the NFL giants want to clamp down further on the actions of their suporters.

"In 2014, we began a dialogue with a group of local leaders from diverse American Indian backgrounds and experiences,'' the Chiefs said in a statement.

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"As an organisation, our goal was to gain a better understanding of the issues facing American Indian communities in our region and explore opportunities to both raise awareness of American Indian cultures and celebrate the rich traditions of tribes with a historic connection to the Kansas City area.

"We are grateful for the meaningful conversations we have had with all of these American Indian leaders. It is important that we continue the dialogue on these significant topics, and we look forward to continuing to work together in the future.''

It's understood the Chiefs are also looking into the 'Arrowhead Chop'.

The age-old hand gesture and drum ceremony - which is performed by fans before each home game - has garnered much attention from the public in recent years due to its racial connotations.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: American Football, Racism, Kansas City Chiefs, Sports, NFL, Australia

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