NZ football to review 'All Whites' nickname

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New Zealand Football (NZF) is reviewing its "All Whites" nickname arsenic portion of a taste task tally by the organisation.

The moniker was attributed to the men's nationalist broadside during the country's palmy qualifying run for the 1982 FIFA World Cup, according to reports, owed to the team's all-white kit.

But NZF, the country's shot governing body, said it had sought feedback from stakeholders astir whether each areas of the federation were inactive "fit for purpose."

Sean Maguire of Republic of Ireland and Storm Roux of New Zealand during the International Friendly lucifer betwixt Republic of Ireland and New Zealand astatine the Aviva Stadium successful Dublin. (Photo By Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images) (Sportsfile via Getty Images)

"As with galore different nationalist bodies, New Zealand Football is connected a travel astir taste inclusivity and respecting the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi," work a NZF statement, referring to the pact signed betwixt the British crown and Maori chiefs successful 1840.

"As portion of our Delivery and Sustainability Project announced past year, we are successful the process of moving with stakeholders crossed the game, arsenic good arsenic radical from extracurricular football, looking astatine each areas of the enactment to marque definite they are acceptable for intent successful 2021 and beyond.

"It is excessively aboriginal successful the process to talk astir immoderate outcomes but this is an important portion of enactment arsenic we strive to beryllium the astir inclusive athletics successful Aotearoa."

The New Zealand women's squad is nicknamed the "Football Ferns," portion the country's men's rugby squad is famously called the "All Blacks" aft its iconic achromatic kit.

Washington Football Team helmets aft removing the Redskins emblem. (Getty)

NZF's reappraisal comes aft a fig of different sports teams person revisited their marque successful caller years.

The NFL's Washington Football Team decided to driblet its "Redskins" moniker aft a "thorough review." The sanction had agelong been denounced by Native American groups arsenic an taste slur.

Elsewhere, 1 of New Zealand's apical rugby national teams -- the Crusaders -- besides scrapped its knight and sword logo aft a reappraisal successful the aftermath of the Christchurch panic onslaught successful 2019.

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