Mar 25, 2019

Nike fined by EU for restrictions on football merchandise sales

Nike has been fined by the European Commission for restricting the sale of products carrying the logos of some of Europe's best known football clubs. The €12.5m fine concerns merchandise such as mugs, bed sheets and stationery, which carries the brand of the club, but not Nike's trademark. The commission found Nike restricted firms who made and sold the products from selling them across borders. As well as Manchester United and Barcelona, the commission said products bearing the brands of Juventus, Inter Milan and AS Roma were also affected, as well as national federations like the French Football Federation. "Nike co-operated with the commission beyond its legal obligation to do so, in particular by providing the commission with information that allowed it to extend the scope of the case," the commission said.

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