The Tifosi of Serie A club SS Lazio are in uproar over Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya’s jerseys, accusing their Italian sportswear suppliers Macron of stealing an old 80s shirt design of the Biancocelesti.
The design is a registered trademark and copyrighted to the late Lazio sports manager Gian Chiarion Casoni, who passed away in 2007.
The Casoni family were not informed by Macron about the use of the design, however the company has since come out and made a statement denying that the jerseys used by Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya were supplied by Macron.
Macron wants to emphasise its non-involvement in the sponsorship and supplying of official clothing for Iraqi club Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya. Macron has already taken appropriate steps to safeguard their brand and the combination with the mark of the SS Lazio.
The club officials of Iraqi football teams have a long history of buying shirts from the market and using them in official matches. Many of Iraq’s top division teams do not have contracts with shirt suppliers.