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Community Blog: Closing in on the counterfeits

Police and customs officials confiscated counterfeit soccer merchanidise sold by traders in Grahamstown, Eastern Cape on Tuesday. Counterfeit Manchester United scarfs, beanies and England soccer team jerseys, among other gear, were confiscated.

Charl Potgieter, of Bowman Gilfillan Attorneys, a Sandton-based corporate law firm with offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and London, was among the confiscators.

He said the firm was representing sports companies Nike and Umbro and Manchester United Football Club. “We are here for the Fifa World Cup. We are doing enforcements on guys selling counterfeit (soccer) goods at flea markets, Fifa fan parks and around the stadiums,” said Potgieter.

He said  they were not only confiscating the goods but were also giving the “offenders”  warnings which were recorded in a book. “They can be charged R5000 for selling counterfeit goods. We are just saying to them: Look, you are not allowed to sell fake goods.”