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Napoli BANNED from utilizing Diego Maradona’s picture on shirts after dropping authorized battle to his household

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Napoli are BANNED from utilizing Diego Maradona’s picture on their shirts after dropping authorized battle to his household… as his kids declare they NEVER gave their consent and demand £400,000 revenue membership constituted of gross sales of his picture

  • Napoli have misplaced a authorized battle with Diego Maradona’s kids over picture rights
  • His 5 kids claimed to not have consented to the usage of his face on shirts 
  • The Neapolitans’ at the moment are blocked from distributing his picture in any kind 
  • In whole the Serie A aspect beforehand designed 4 totally different shirts together with his picture
  • The 2-time World Cup successful membership legend handed away in November, 2020  

Napoli are not in a position to make use of the likeness of Diego Maradona on their shirts, having misplaced a authorized battle with the Argentina icon’s kids. 

A courtroom has dominated in favour of Maradona’s 5 kids in an argument with Stefano Ceci over their father’s picture rights, after Napoli had produced 4 restricted version shirts with the World Cup-winner’s face on a finger print sample following his demise. 

In response to Italian outlet La Reppublica, the Serie A leaders acquired the rights to supply shirts with the membership legend’s likeness from Ceci, the Argentine’s former supervisor, previous to Maradona’s demise in 2020. 

However though the membership signed a £20,200 (€23,000) settlement with Ceci, the participant’s household claimed to by no means have given consent to the usage of the photographs, and have been profitable of their requires an injunction to dam the distribution of his picture. 

The household additionally known as for the proceeds made off of Maradona’s likeness to be seized – round £400,000 (€450,000) – and Ceci himself has had some £132,000 (€150,000) seized. 

Maradona is probably the Neapolitans’ most-loved determine of their 96-year historical past, and he has been immortalised a number of occasions over in murals throughout town so key’s he to the aspect’s identification, therefore the importance of the fingerprint on the shirt.

Napoli have misplaced a authorized battle over the usage of Diego Maradona’s picture to his 5 kids

The Italian side have previously designed four separate shirts adorned with his face

The Italian aspect have beforehand designed 4 separate shirts adorned together with his face

Napoli cannot use the image in any form

Maradona played for Napoli for seven seasons

An injunction has efficiently been imposed stopping the distribution of his picture in any kind

In whole, the sale of an estimated 6,000 restricted editions shirts – in 4 totally different designs – introduced the membership round £791,000 (€900,000) in gross earnings, half of which went to Maradona’s former supervisor.  

The Napoli kit list for the 2020-21 season including four Maradona-based designs

The Napoli package record for the 2020-21 season together with 4 Maradona-based designs

Court docket of Naples decide Paolo Andrea Vassallo described the contract with Ceci as ‘detrimental to the patrimonial expectations’ of the membership legend’s household. 

He added that Maradona was ‘a planetary image of soccer, recognised and recognisable everywhere in the world, whose financial worth seems to be of appreciable significance, nearly inestimable.’

His demise rocked the membership, and there have been a number of commemorations in his honour, together with a Europa League conflict with Rijeka on Thursday, November 26 2020 during which Napoli gamers wore a No 10 shirt with Maradona’s identify on the again. 

A deeply divisive determine, however undeniably one of many best skills to ever grace a soccer pitch, Maradona spent seven years with Napoli, scoring 115 objectives in 257 video games for the membership, as they gained a primary ever Scudetto in 1986-87.

The club legend's five children claim they never gave their consent to the use of his likeness

The membership legend’s 5 kids declare they by no means gave their consent to the usage of his likeness

The Argentine has several murals in his honour in the southern Italian city

The Argentine has a number of murals in his honour within the southern Italian metropolis

While 4 of the southern Italian aspect’s kits final time period carried the legend’s likeness, the membership will not less than be grateful that the courtroom’s ruling won’t have an effect on the aspect this marketing campaign. 

Maradona’s personal shirt from the 1986 World Cup – which he lifted after beating West Germany within the remaining – was returned to his residence nation by Lothar Matthaus, who he known as his best opponent in his biography. 

Having returned the jersey to the Argentine ambassador in Spain in August 2022, Matthaus spoke to Sportsmail completely, saying: ‘Diego is a god in Argentina, that’s the reason it was particular to present them the jersey.’

The Italian side all wore "Maradona" shirts with the No 10 in the Europa League back in 2020

The Italian aspect all wore “Maradona” shirts with the No 10 within the Europa League again in 2020

Lothar Matthaus poses with the jersey that Diego Maradona wore in the 1986 World Cup final

Lothar Matthaus poses with the jersey that Diego Maradona wore within the 1986 World Cup remaining


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