One of the most successful sports franchises on the planet, the Royal Madrid football club (Real Madrid Club de Fútbol), better known to the world as simply 'Real Madrid', has made a small but significant change to their logo.
The Spanish soccer team has partnered with the United Arab Emirates in a $1 billion Real Madrid-themed island resort to be located in the Persian Gulf.
As reported by the Spanish newspaper Marca, Real Madrid has placated the Emirate by removing the Christian cross atop the King's crown.
As published by Marca, the rationale for the deletion was in order:
"'to avoid any confusion or misinterpretation' in relation to a project being built in a largely Muslim region."
The royal crown was added to Real Madrid's crest in 1920 by King Alfonso XIII, when he granted the team his royal patronage.
The club then changed their official name from Madrid Club de Fútbol to Real Madrid.
This is not The First Time this has happened In Europe...
As reported by The Local of Sweden, the Swedish Army recently made a slight change to the Coat of Arms of the Nordic Battlegroup:
Protests from female soldiers have led to the Swedish military removing the penis of a heraldic lion depicted on the Nordic Battlegroup's coat of arms.
The armed forces agreed to emasculate the lion after a group of women from the rapid reaction force lodged a complaint to the European Court of Justice.
Once upon a time coats of arms containing lions without genitalia were given to those who betrayed the Crown."
In the USA:
An appellate judge threw out a lawsuit to have the crosses removed from the official logo of the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Two men sued for the removal of the crosses because they believed their image violated the separation of church and state.
Ironically, "Las Cruces" is Spanish for "The Crosses."
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