A retailing group in the United Arab Emirates, Marka, has been given exclusive manufacturing and distribution rights to sell the team’s products in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Oman, according to Reuters.
But Marka’s vice chairman, Khaled al-Mheiri, said the retailer has intentionally picked a version of Real Madrid’s logo that doesn’t feature a Christian cross due to cultural sensitivities. The original logo features a small Christian cross at the top of a crown.
“We have to be sensitive towards other parts of the Gulf that are quite sensitive to products that hold the cross,” he said.
The six countries in the Middle East where Marka will sell its products are all Muslim-majority.