FIFA Lawyers Look Into Pirated Souvenirs in Yekaterinburg

21 December 2016 (14:02)

UrBC, Yekaterinburg, December 21, 2016. FIFA lawyers operating in Russia asked the police to investigate the sale of pirated World Cup 2018 merchandise in Yekaterinburg.

‘We could buy World Cup 2018 souvenirs at a number of newspaper kiosks. It was determined that the products weren’t trademark-protected authentic items, which is why we are taking the case to the police,’ AIS Agency (FIFA’s representative in Russia) says.

It appears local kiosks are selling the World Football Championship 2018 souvenir magnets made in Tomsk; the magnets can be had for 110 RUR apiece. However, no official World Cup merchandise sale has been announced yet.

‘The company that will be granted the official permission to sell the souvenir produce has not yet been selected, so no such goods on the market can be legal. Any World Cup 2018 souvenirs are counterfeited items, and the city council has already detected a number of unlawful sale transactions here,’ says Chair of Yekaterinburg National & International Events Committee Anna Baichibayeva.

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