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Via website Ajax Life for the reason, the club stated: “The European Football Association [UEFA] sees it as a different expression than the club logo, logo clothing sponsor or sleeve sponsor. Other expressions are not allowed.”

The shirt had three birds stitched on its back below the collar in homage to the reggae classic – one red, one yellow and one green.

It will come as a blow due to its popularity, with Ajax Commercial director Menno Geelen revealing last month that it had sold four times more than any other strip.

The three birds on the back have been removed in order to comply with UEFA’s rules

“We had already responded to the interest by purchasing much more than ever,” Geelen said. “A record number of shirts were sold in one day.

“This shirt is sold at least four times more than any other Ajax shirt. It’s unique.”

Ajax are planning to predominantly wear the shirt in European fixtures this season, whether that be in the Champions League or Europa League, depending on where they finish in their group, containing Besiktas, Borussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon.

Marley’s family have appreciated the adoption, with daughter Cedella Marley saying: “I am beyond touched that Ajax has taken Three Little Birds and made it their anthem

“Stories like this warm my heart and show how impactful songs like Three Little Birds can be,” she explained.

“Soccer was everything to my father and to use his words, ‘football is freedom’.”