Monday 22 July 2019

Barcelona footballer Rafinha and Adidas fight it out in Dutch court

Photo: Ludovic Péron via Wikimedia Commons

Barcelona football player Rafinha is being taken to court by German sportswear giant Adidas for breach of contract, and the case is being heard today in Amsterdam.

Adidas want Rafinha to pay €100,000 for every day he refuses to wear the company’s boots, in line with a contract dating from 2013.

The case is being heard in a Dutch court because the company’s international trademarks are based in Amsterdam and this is where the contract is based.

The agreement signed between Rafinha and Adidas requires the player to only wear Adidas boots during matches and training, and clothing during official media appearances. The deal expired this June.

However, small print allowed Adidas to extend the contract if Rafinha failed to respond to requests for an extension, the Daily Mirror reported.

Dutch lawyer and football broker Royce de Vries told broadcaster NOS Rafinha is likely to have a financial reason to go to court. ‘There is a big likelihood that another, more lucrative deal, is on its way,’ he said.

De Vries said he doubted that Rafinha will win. ‘His lawyer and his manager should have read the small print,’ De Vries said. ‘But who knows what the judge will decide.’

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