Manchester United Puts An End To Panini Cheapskates’ Red Devils Stickers

An Oxford couple who produce badly drawn stickers have been forced to stop selling ones centred around Manchester United after the club put their foot down.

Alex and Sian Pratchett run the Twitter page Panini Cheapskates, a place where they showcase the "wonky drawings" of players from different teams.

A spokesman for the Premier League side told the BBC that they are unhappy with how the stickers, which vary from the club's logo to former players, infringes on their "intellectual property rights."

Panini Cheapskates shared the news on Twitter, with the couple saying that they have been forced to pull the stickers from sale.

"Sad times. Man Utd got in touch and made us stop selling our wonky drawings of their ex-players," the couple tweeted.

"If you've ordered one, we'll be in touch. Though on the plus side, [we] learned a lot about EU trademark directives this morning."

In a separate tweet, Panini Cheapskates posted its drawing of United's logo with the club's actual crest, saying that the Red Devils have flagged a "bunch of trademark numbers, including some that relate [to] their badge."

According to the couple, they said that they were looking into the possibility of a legal challenge, but they did suggest that it "doesn't look promising."

A United spokesman told the BBC: "Permission to use Manchester United's intellectual property is only granted to official licensees, partners and sponsors of the club.

"Because Panini Cheapskate's items featured the Manchester United word mark, they unfortunately infringed those intellectual property rights."

In more positive news, Panini Group announced last month that it had officially entered into a partnership with the Premier League and it would be producing the 2019-20 season sticker album.

United played against Liverpool on Sunday at Old Trafford, with one of football's biggest rivalries ending in a 0-0 draw.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Oh, and here's a quick update: Panini Cheapskates has a new 'Man Red' print and has thanked those who suggested going down the Pro Evolution Soccer route with the players' names.

Brilliant!

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Featured Image Credit: Panini Cheapskates

Adnan Riaz

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