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Premier League Tackles Counterfeiters Head-on

Tue 1st Sep 2015 | Safety & Security

Premier League clubs have gathered at Emirates Stadium to highlight the issue of counterfeiting within the football industry today (1st Sept).

Last season, the Premier League seized a record number of counterfeit goods – over 500,000 items worth £3.1m. This is separate to the clubs’ and kit manufacturers’ own seizures.

With the continued popularity of the Barclays Premier League, football clubs and their partners will continue to be targeted and exploited by counterfeiters.

The conference will include exhibits from Premier League clubs demonstrating the difference between their official merchandise and fake goods, presentations from industry experts, as well as the chance for clubs, commercial partners, and kit manufacturers to exhibit and engage with enforcement officers.

Premier League Ambassador and former player Graeme Le Saux will speak to attendees about the importance of protecting a brand and the Premier League’s global appeal while representatives from Arsenal, the NFL and UEFA will also present.

Richard Masters, Premier League Managing Director, said: “Football Against Fakes is about creating a forum where the collective experience and strategies of industry experts can be shared in order to reduce the trade of counterfeit merchandise. 

“Everyone attending today is committed to preventing the illegal sale of low quality and sometimes dangerous goods by counterfeiters seeking to profit at the expense of loyal Premier League supporters.”

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Ratcliffe, Head of PIPCU, said: “The production and sale of counterfeit goods damages legitimate industries and funds organised criminal networks, some of which operate on a global scale.

“Counterfeiting also sees the consumer lose out, with whatever savings they may pocket when making a purchase being more than offset by the deficit in quality and the health and safety risks that can come with a product that has been manufactured illegally.” 

fcbusiness will take an indepth look at the issue of counterfeiting in the next issue of the magazine due out 28th Sept.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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