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02nd June 2015

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Paris Hilton wears suspender tights while shopping

Paris Hilton wears suspender tights while shopping
Paris Hilton helped to liven up her look while shopping in Los Angeles this week by donning some risque leg wear.

The heiress wore a more demure casual black skater dress and lacy jacket, however she vamped up the outfit with a pair of stunning suspender tights.

To help add a further touch of glamour she accessorised her look with a pair of eccentric Prada sunglasses and a large silver handbag.

She was photographed with a selection of shopping bags from Louis Vuitton before driving off in her car.

Her standout hosiery became a popular trend in 2011, with stars such as Jessie J happy to rock the look on numerous occasions.

The tights first rose to fame thanks to Henry Holland and singer Lily Allen's endorsement in 2009 and have since been adopted by a host of famous faces, including Charlotte Church, Rihanna and Selena Gomez.

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Online campaign demands different shades of nude underwear

Online campaign demands different shades of nude underwear
A psychologist from the US has started an online campaign for retailers to offer more variation on skin-coloured undergarments.

Los Angeles-based African American Tara Raines is looking for more diversity in women's underwear so that skin-coloured bras can better match the range of skin tones in the country.

Her campaign, entitled "What's Your Nude?", hit Facebook this week and urged women to contact shops to demand more products catering for darker skin tones in their new and existing underwear collections.

Earlier this month Ms Raines told WWD that she has spent years searching for nude underwear between the traditional flesh-colour and black shades.

"Women of colour have tremendous spending power in the US and it's absurd to think that in 2012 we are essentially disenfranchised when we shop for lingerie," she said, before revealing that many of her family and friends have resorted to dying store-bought bras.

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Tom Brady waxes lyrical about new socks

Tom Brady waxes lyrical about new socks
Superstar quarterback Tom Brady is reportedly a huge fan of new footwear, according to some tidbits of information dug up by ESPN.

Before hitting the big time Tom played as a backup at the University of Michigan and discussed what he would do if he ever became a top player.

Talking to his friend Aaron Shea he said: "If I hit it real big I want to be able to wake up, put a pair of socks on, and at the end of the day, I throw 'em away."

When questioned if that was all he wanted should he become rich, Tom replied: "Yeah, that's what I want. I love new socks."

The Patriots player is sure to be able to buy a lot of legwear now that he is earning $18 million (£11.36 million) a year.

Tom Brady can be seen in this year's Super Bowl against the New York Giants on Sunday (February 5th).

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Katie Price opts for revealing striped leggings

Katie Price opts for revealing striped leggings
Katie Price helped to fuel further speculation of a reunion with her ex boyfriend Leandro Penna after enjoying a second night out with him.

The former glamour model and entrepreneur wore a revealing pair of black striped leggings, complete with a black thong, to ensure she wasn't fully exposed.

Meanwhile she teamed the outfit with a high-neck nude-coloured top and stand-out leopard print heels.

The pair have yet to confirm whether they are back together after splitting last October due to a language barrier.

Katie and Argentinean model Leandro were seen heading out to The Rose bar in London, before popping into a Soho food bar together.

Their relationship lasted for seven months, however the constant reliance on translators was reported to have put a huge strain on their relationship.

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Madonna bowls over the crowd in fishnet tights

Madonna bowls over the crowd in fishnet tights
Madonna gave a spectacular performance during this year's Super Bowl half time show.

The 53-year-old singer donned black fishnet tights, over-the-knee boots and a black dress and decorated the look with a golden Roman-inspired skirt and a short cape.

Her Cleopatra-cum-Roman soldier look was then finished off with a golden headpiece custom made by Philip Treacy as she performed a compilation of her greatest hits.

Madonna was joined on stage by a host of famous performers, including LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, MIA and Cee Lo Green, all of which helped to create a memorable and energetic stage display.

The musical interlude came in the middle of the NFL Super Bowl American football game between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.

Sunday's Super Bowl game was won by the Giants in a 21-17 victory, making it the second win in four years for the New York team.

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Carmen Electra booed in leather leggings

Carmen Electra booed in leather leggings
Carmen Electra received a frosty reception this week as she joined the judging panel on the first Britain's Got Talent audition.

The former Baywatch babe wore black leather leggings and a monochrome blazer as she was greeted by hostile crowds at London's Hammersmith Apollo.

Carmen has been revealed as Amanda Holden's temporary replacement, as the 40-year-old is on maternity leave after giving birth to daughter Hollie Rose recently.

Amanda went through a traumatic birth on January 23rd but it is believed that she will be back for auditions in Edinburgh this weekend.

The Britain's Got Talent judge's team has had a complete overhaul for this year, replacing Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff with Strictly Come Dancing's Alesha Dixon and comedian David Walliams.

Simon Cowell will also rejoin the panel in a reported effort to raise audience figures.

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Snoop Dogg 'demanded' clean socks

Snoop Dogg 'demanded' clean socks
Snoop Dogg proved himself to be quite the diva this weekend after taking part in a pre-Super Bowl party.

The rapper joined in with the DirecTV sixth annual Celebrity Beach Bowl flag football match, only to be later named the Most Valuable Player.

To celebrate his accolade a bucket of ice water was poured over his head, however this reportedly left Snoop very unhappy.

He then retired to the locker room and refused to come out until he was handed clean dry socks.

A staff member was overheard saying: "Snoop isn't coming out of the locker room because he doesn't have any socks," before telling a younger employee to "take off your socks, Snoop needs a dry pair!"

After being handed some dry socks he re-appeared in a different tent later on and began straightening his hair ahead of the event's after party, which attracted stars including Katy Perry, David Arquette and Jordin Sparks.

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Over 50s urged to embrace life

Over 50s urged to embrace life
Turning 50 should be viewed as an opportunity to embrace life a little bit more, rather than carrying negative implications.

Your fifties need not mean a switch from fishnets to flesh coloured tights, or from boob tube to blue rinse and plenty of over 50s are proving just that.

Fabafterfifty.co.uk founder Ceri Wheeldon explained: "A lot of people follow passions that they perhaps had when they were in their late teens or early 20s - whether that is sport, painting or art.

"We are 50 years young, not 50 years old. Turning 50 is about re-invention rather than retirement."

Ms Wheeldon notes that technology is making it much easier for people to follow their passions, whether that's fashion, art, travel or writing.

This is part of the reason she believes attitudes to getting older are changing - and this is something she encourages over 50s to embrace, wholeheartedly, so they can make the most of their lives.

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Dawn French appears confident in leggings

Dawn French appears confident in leggings
Dawn French appeared on ITV's This Morning wearing an unusually colourful outfit, accompanied by a huge smile as she showed off her slimline new frame.

The comedienne wore a black dress decorated in cute multi-coloured love hearts and accompanied it with some black leggings and black biker boots.

She was also pictured outside the studio with a blue denim jacket on, helping to further steer her away from her failsafe black.

Dawn has lost eight stone in recent months and discussed how she did not dislike her larger frame with Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby.

She admitted that she looked and felt better but added: "I'm used to that old body, I know how it works, I know how it moves, and I'm less used to this newer one."

The 54-year-old can next be seen on TV screens as part of comedy drama show Roger & Val, which airs on BBC 2 on Wednesday February 8th.

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Harry Styles 'bombarded with women's underwear'

Harry Styles 'bombarded with women's underwear'
One Direction's Harry Styles celebrated his 18th birthday while on tour this week, however this has not stopped him being showered with gifts from his US fans.

The cheeky singer has received a barrage of presents, including lots of women's underwear, a hotel worker at the band's temporary Hollywood home told the Daily Star.

"We were bombarded with young women coming into the hotel to drop off gifts for Harry.

"We've had hair products and DVDs, but most of it was underwear, in Victoria's Secret bags," the source revealed.

As the legal drinking age in the US is 21, Harry and the rest of his bandmates had to resort to pampering rather than partying to celebrate the occasion.

However, true to form, the mischievous youngsters reportedly pulled a prank on Harry, treating him to a surprise ice cold soaking while receiving a birthday massage at their hotel.

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Muscle leggings bare all

Muscle leggings bare all
A clothing company in Australia has launched a new leg wear collection, mimicking the look of the human body, the Daily Mail reports.

Black Milk Clothing has released leggings which are printed with the anatomically correct layout of the bare human leg muscles.

The blood red legwear clearly shows ligaments and muscle fibres, making wearers appear to have no skin on their legs.

These gory garments are inspired by supermodel Heidi Klum's Halloween fancy dress outfit, where she wore a similar full body muscle suit.

Designer James Lillis told the newspaper that he had been thinking about the idea for a while but had never gotten round to creating them.

"I got a spare afternoon one day and decided to have a good go at making it work. It worked ... perhaps a little too well!

"It's definitely our most meaty design," he joked.

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Women 'carrying spare underwear in their handbags'

With Valentine's Day just round the corner, it seems that many women in the UK are prepared should things get steamy during a date.

A new survey released by Sainsbury's shows that 43 per cent of ladies carry around a pair of sexy underwear in their bags just in case.

This could be because many women in the UK are wearing Bridget Jones-style sculpting underwear, particularly for special occasions.

Despite survey results showing that 40 per cent of men would not bat an eyelid if their partner was wearing shapewear, the prospect of revealing large knickers could prompt many to keep a secret smaller pair.

The study also showed that slimmer women were more likely to wear practical cotton pants, while more curvaceous ladies were opting for sultrier matching sets.

February 14th is a big day for underwear, with a third of the nation's women admitting that they will be investing new lingerie for the occasion.

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Flamboyant socks are a growing trend

Flamboyant socks are a growing trend
There are so many ways people use clothes to stand out and make an impression at work, and now it seems that statement socks are one of them.

It seems that among the growing IT world, flamboyant footwear is the thing to be seen in.

Speaking to MB.com, Hunter Walk, a director of product management at YouTube, said that wearing bold socks has become something of a secret sign of inclusion in the IT world.

"I have been in meetings where people look down and notice my socks, and there is this universal sign, almost like a gang sign, where they nod and pull up their pant leg a little to show off their socks," he explained.

The sock connoisseur added that his favourite pair of socks has aqua, orange and yellow stripes.

But perhaps it's not just computer geeks who are embracing colourful socks, rapper Snoop Dogg demanded a pair of clean dry socks after a Celebrity Beach Bowl flag football match.

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George H W Bush has a penchant for outrageous socks

George H W Bush has a penchant for outrageous socks
It seems mismatched or brightly coloured socks are no longer confined to students.

Former US president George H W Bush has a well known love of statement socks and is spreading it to his friends by offering them as gifts.

Speaking to Click2houston.com, Jean Becker, his long-time chief of staff explained that the former president used to offer a pair of cufflinks to important visitors to his west Houston office, but now a gift of lobster socks is more likely.

"This is his signature gift. He's sort of becoming famous for his socks," he explained.

"He used to wear them on special occasions and not very often," Mr Becker told the source. "But he has lately gotten more outrageous. Now he goes out of his way."

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Noel Gallagher loves women's underwear

Noel Gallagher loves women's underwear
Noel Gallagher has likened himself to a serial killer thanks to his penchant for keeping any underwear thrown at him on stage.

In an interview with FasterLouder.com.au, the singer revealed that he has had a lot of bras and knickers thrown at him during his tour to support his debut solo album Noel Gallagher And The High Flying Birds.

He joked that he loved ladies throwing undergarments, adding that he hopes it becomes an increasing trend as the tour continues.

"I keep them all as trophies like a little serial killer. You know, ladies underwear is always welcome on stage in any capacity," he said.

The former Oasis singer said his highlight so far had been the appearance of a top hat on stage from the audience.

And he is not the only singer women are going a little loopy for, according to the Daily Star, One Direction singer Harry Styles was sent an array of women's underwear to mark his 18th birthday.

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Woman breaks underwear world record

Woman breaks underwear world record
A woman from Seattle has broken the world record for most pairs of underpants worn at once.

Janine Keblish piled on 252 pairs of women's underwear to break the record in order to raise money and awareness for her chosen charity.

The cause, called Days For Girls, provides women and girls in Africa with feminine hygiene products.

Ms Keblish's close friend Celeste Mergens started the charity after a trip to an orphanage in Kenya.

"Millions of women all over the world go without, resulting in infection and exploitation and even girls being sold into slavery. They also miss three months of education each year, just for lack of hygiene," she explained.

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Mitt Romney reveals Mormon underwear

Mitt Romney reveals Mormon underwear
US presidential candidate Mitt Romney's faith has been a hot topic of his Republican campaign.

However, it seems that his Mormon beliefs could be stronger than first believed after he was photographed wearing religious men's underwear.

In a picture posted on Twitter he was shown wearing an unbuttoned white shirt with his Mormon underwear, which consisted of a bulky cotton t-shirt and long shorts, clearly visible underneath.

The under clothes, also known as a Temple garment, typically cover the shoulders and extend to the knees in-keeping with the rules surrounding the Church of the Latter Day Saints' temples.

However, while worshippers frequently wear the underwear it is not a requirement for Mormons and if worn should be kept hidden underneath clothes at all times.

Mr Romney has frequently discussed his life as a Mormon and his work as a missionary in the run up to the election.

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Nicole Scherzinger dons raunchy tights

Nicole Scherzinger dons raunchy tights
Nicole Scherzinger has been spotted in a pair of raunchy leg wear on her arrival at LAX airport this week.

The former Pussycat Doll appeared to be missing a skirt or shorts and instead chose to wear only a pair of black tights underneath her low-cut grey t-shirt.

On first look it seemed that the singer was wearing tiny lace shorts, however the patterned top is in fact part of the hosiery.

Nicole teamed the outfit with a black Theodora hat and heeled ankle boots as she rushed to catch a flight to Belgium, where she kicks off her Killer Love Tour.

She's then scheduled to travel to Ireland before playing three shows in England.

The former X Factor USA judge may hopefully be able to squeeze in time to see Lewis Hamilton, as it has been revealed that the pair may have rekindled their romance.

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Louie Spence helps with Sport Relief's sock slide

Louie Spence helps with Sport Relief's sock slide
Pineapple Dance Studios star Louie Spence is set to take part in Sport Relief's newest fundraising efforts.

The professional dancer has recreated Tom Cruise's iconic image from the film Risky Business and posed wearing nothing but sunglasses, men's underwear, socks and a white shirt.

This humorous take on the famous scene has however been given a Sport Relief twist and features union jack sports socks.

The photograph has been released as part of the launch of Sainsbury's Sock Sliding Championship this week, which will see shops up and down the country play host to a series of slippery contests all to raise money for the charity.

According to the massive supermarket chain they are hoping to find members of the public across the UK to help set a new world record for the longest slide.

Winners from each store will receive £100 gift cards.

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Rihanna ditches glamour for striped tights and hotpants

Rihanna ditches glamour for striped tights and hotpants
Rihanna recently wowed the crowds at London Fashion Week with a glamorous and very daring turquoise evening gown.

However, she has soon been spotted back in her more grungy style out on the streets of London.

The singer was photographed showing off her lean legs in a pair of striped black tights and patent leather heels, while she attempted to keep warm in a pair of denim hotpants and oversized matching jacket.

Rihanna hid her newly blonde locks underneath a leather cap and accessorised the whole look with large sunglasses and a menagerie of gold chains.

This laidback look was a long way from the Stella McCartney show outfit she showcased this weekend, which bore a silky slit travelling up her leg and delicate spaghetti straps.

She was seen partying with her pal Kate Moss and mixing with the fashion elite at the star-studded British event.

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Civil servants 'claiming for laddered tights'

Civil servants 'claiming for laddered tights'
Senior civil servants are claiming compensation for damaged clothing, according to a dossier leaked to the Daily Mail.

Workers are claiming tax-payer-funded money to pay for damaged handbags, shoes and laddered tights, even if the workplace was not to blame for the spoilt items.

Should a female civil servant rip a pair of £5 tights at work through her own fault she can expect to receive £4.50, a ten per cent reduction in the original price.

A male employee who damages a £300 woollen suit could receive £225 it was a year old, or £150 if it was two years old.

It is not known how much money is claimed back each year, however the leaked document comes as a surprise after Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude boasted this week that the civil service was making huge strides in cutting costs.

"We are creating a much leaner, more effective Whitehall machine that manages its finances like the best-run businesses," he said.

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Alexa Chung appears bony in wool tights

Alexa Chung appears bony in wool tights
Alexa Chung has received criticism for her shrinking frame as she made her way to the Jason Wu show in New York.

The British model attempted to cover up her skinny pins with thick grey wool tights, a look which she has been wearing frequently over recent months.

However, despite her thick hosiery and numerous layers, her thin frame was obvious.

Alexa paired the tights with a short grey dress and an oversized navy duffel coat, as she headed towards the New York Fashion Week event.

Other celebrities spotted at the runway shows included Olivia Palermo, who donned a retro 70s style outfit as she took her seat on the front row at the Peter Som Fall 2012 event.

The City star took prime position at the fashion event sitting next to actress Krysten Ritter and US TV host Mary Alice Stephenson.

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Naked models showcase designer hats

Naked models showcase designer hats
Accessories rarely get to take centre stage, however if the models wearing them are completely naked then it's easy for them to make their mark.

Welsh milliner Robyn Coles has showcased her debut designer hat collection on the catwalk in Shoreditch, east London.

Modelling the headwear were four nude models, including glamour model and former Miss Wales Sophia Cahill, who strutted her stuff, despite being eight months pregnant.

Upcoming designer Ms Coles claimed that she wanted to bring something different to fashion by using naked models with a range of figures.

"I wanted to use different models and different sizes. I'm a big believer in that. With accessories like hats it doesn't matter what size or shape you are," she said.

Each of the hats was designed for autumn-winter wear and included peacock blue colours with maroon and blue adornments.

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Musical gloves mimic the human voice

Musical gloves mimic the human voice
Scientists have invented a pair of musical handwear, which can manipulate computerised sound, mimicking the human voice.

These musical gloves will now allow lonely vocalists to perform a duet without a human partner, however could take training to use.

Hand gestures replicate movements by vocal chords, allowing the gloves to produce a range of complex sounds, which researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver believe could take around 100 hours to learn to play.

Lead researcher Sidney Fels told New Scientist that getting used to the gloves is "very hard" and is "like trying to do your email while talking on the phone".

The right hand glove has motion sensors detecting the opening and closing of the wearer's hands, producing vowels when the hand is open and consonants when it closes.

Meanwhile the left hand activates stop consonants and a foot pedal controls volume.

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Oscar nominees reveal their underwear plans

Oscar nominees reveal their underwear plans
While outfit plans for the Oscars are strictly top secret until the big night some celebrities have given a sneak peek into their look, starting with their undergarments.

In an interview with the Associated Press, George Clooney joked that he would be opting for something a little warmer than his normal men's underwear.

"Because I get chilly, I like to wear long johns. The full one with the trap door in the back," he told reporters.

He then went on to tease that the director of his latest film The Descendants, Alexander Payne, would be wearing children's underwear.

Octavia Spencer, who has been nominated for the Best Supporting Actress award for her movie The Help, admitted that she will be wearing body shaping knickers.

"I want to be comfortable and look good and have fun," she said.

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Kate Middleton commissions hat from erotic designer

Kate Middleton commissions hat from erotic designer
While Kate Middleton is traditionally seen as a fashion forward royal, her latest commission has sparked confusion.

The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen erotic designer Piers Atkinson to make her a new hat for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee this June.

Mr Atkinson is famous for his 2010 collection Sex On The Brain, which featured nudes in the linings and Barbie dolls in suggestive poses.

The commission has come as a surprise as the designer is very publicly disapproving of the royal family.

In a 2010 interview with Fashion156.com the milliner claimed that the Queen was one of his favourite hat wearers.

However, he then went on to add: "I'd love to meet a royal socially - imagine that inbred sense of superiority, generation after generation."

Piers Atkinson's creations have earned him a large celebrity following, with stars such as Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Paloma Faith all wearing his eccentric designs.

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Nicki Minaj gets lippy with leggings

Nicki Minaj gets lippy with leggings
Nicki Minaj is well known for her love of colourful and outlandish fashion, therefore even arriving into the LAX Airport in Los Angeles this weekend required a suitably bold outfit.

The rapper was clad in a pair of retro lip print leggings, Ugg boots and a red leather jacket, while on her head she covered up with a long white and pink wig and oversized sunglasses.

Since rising to fame the Super Bass star has carved out a niche style, largely made up of paintbox bright colours and stand-out hair and makeup.

Nicki appears in the latest issue of American Vogue covered in blue paint and wearing a pastel pink curly wig.

Inside the magazine she explained that she didn't always see herself ending up in the music industry.

"A huge part of me wanted to be a lawyer, I would do a really good job as a prosecutor," she said.

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Tina Malone displays weight loss in lace tights

 
Tina Malone showed off her continued weight loss during a shopping trip in Manchester this weekend, pictures from the Daily Mail reveal.

The Shameless star smiled for the cameras looking happy and healthy in a black leather jacket over grey shorts and black lace tights.

She completed the ensemble with flat studded leather boots, a striped scarf and a studded handbag.

The 49-year-old, who plays Mimi Maguire in the Channel 4 drama, has since had two gastric bands after reaching more than 19 stone in 2008.

Tina, who is 5ft 1in decided to have the second band fitted after meeting her now-husband, personal trainer Paul Chase, who is 20 years her junior.

Speaking to Closer magazine after the fitting of her second gastric band she admitted that she was hoping to reach her goal size 8, a target which from the look of recent pictures the actress may have now achieved.

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Rwanda refuses to change green football socks

Rwanda refuses to change green football socks
The Rwandan national football team has refused to change their usual attire, despite it clashing with its international opponents.

Rwanda is refusing to change its green sports socks, despite the opposition team Nigeria wearing all-green strips.

Reports from Kigali state that despite pre-match appeals from Nigeria the Rwandan Football Federation refuses to change from its yellow top with blue stripes, blue shorts and green socks.

The Nigerian delegation is now considering whether to wear white socks with their all-green clothing or instead opt for an all-white look.

Chris Green, chairman of the Nigerian Football Federation technical committee, argued: "The Rwandans are the hosts and you would expect them to concede to such a minor request."

Nigeria will take on Rwanda in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match on February 29th, in what is expected to be a heated game.

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