world : 'If shirts were cheaper, I'd buy the genuine article'

world : 'If shirts were cheaper, I'd buy the genuine article'
world : 'If shirts were cheaper, I'd buy the genuine article'

Wednesday 12 June 2024 10:54 PM

Nafeza 2 world - Although it is not illegal to buy counterfeit goods, the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau advises consumers to avoid buying fake goods because "you're helping the trader to break the law".

The City of London Police-affiliated organisation urges people to report any instances of fraud, external.

There are often links between counterfeit goods and organised crime, meaning the proceeds of sale are used by gangs both in the UK and abroad to fund other criminal operations - estimated at over £900m a year - according to the Premier League, external. It also says fake goods "may pose a risk to the health and safety of fans".

The FA says on its website, external that it invests £100m in grassroots football, and buying counterfeit goods jeopardises this.

It says: "Without the income generated from commercial activity such as sponsorship, licensing and merchandising, this would not be possible.

"Our aim is to protect football fans and protect and enhance those monies that we can reinvest back into the game."

As for Dan, he says he has now stopped buying fake shirts but understands the appeal to others - even if there can be delays of up to two months to receive them.

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