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Manchester United's New Women's Kit Has Been Labelled Sexist

The plunging neckline on the women's version of the new kit cuts far lower than on the men's.

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Man United fan Helin was one of the first to point out the difference between the men's kit and the women's kit.

Seriously @adidas?! why is the V neck so low compared with mens one? Some of us don't like to show cleavage. @ManUtd

The neckline on the women's kit plunges down towards the Chevrolet logo, whereas on the men's kit it barely reaches the club crest and Adidas logo.

UPDATE: the V is as low as expected but that doesn't irritate me as much as the lack of black & red strips on the V.

After being quoted in a Telegraph article about fans' "outrage" over the kit, Helin denied that she was outraged.

Is this a joke??? A whole Page dedicated to our convos this morning ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ http://t.co/aO6O0tKITR I wasn't outraged ๐Ÿ˜Œ#MUFC #FML

She's certainly not the only football fan to comment on the kit, though: People have been arguing from both sides of the fence.

After a fantastic summer for women's football, this is a step back. #ManUnited #mufc #sexist

Are people really saying it's sexist because the #ManUnited women's shirt is different to the men's? Get over yourselves

@MUnitedGirl @adidas @ManUtd just buy the mens one doesn't really make difference on who wears it tbh

@MUnitedGirl I feel the same way tbh. Some of us don't have cleavage to show. Hence the low cut? It's a struggle.

Some said they were being forced to buy the men's version of the kit.

@Lar7aOlivier @MUnitedGirl I'm going men's sadly. Can't be having that cut.

@MUnitedGirl @adidas This is a disgrace. Women can't even wear normal looking football shirts these days? FML. Looks nothing like the men's.

@MUnitedGirl @adidas @ManUtd The V neck is so low, the adidas logo is sneaking off under the armpit ๐Ÿ˜‚

This isn't the first time Adidas has released a women's kit with a plunging neckline: The Chelsea kit for last season also featured one, though it doesn't cut as low as this season's Man United kit.

The Manchester Evening News conducted a poll of readers at the weekend, and 71% said they didn't think the kit was sexist.

Is Manchester United's new women's replica shirt sexist? http://t.co/ufqUex4c4d

And it later tweeted examples of readers' comments on the issue.

@MENnewsdesk why should we buy mens shirts! I was gonna get new shirt but oh hell no! No way my bangers hanging out of a footie shirt!

@MENnewsdesk will the men's kit have a nice white line around the crotch area so we can ogle at it?

BuzzFeed UK contacted Adidas for a comment, and the sports firm gave the following statement:

"Adidas provides โ€Žan adult shirt which is a replica of what the players wear. Based on research from fans, we also offer a women's shirt as part of our lifestyle range of products. This range has a slightly different design and fit to give fans a choice."

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