China customs officials seize more than 130,000 counterfeit World Cup products

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Customs officials in Guangdong province have confiscated more than 130,000 products violating intellectual property rights related to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as part of a national campaign against such offenses.

Guangzhou Customs detected 4,370 different types of shoddy goods, including footballs bearing the FIFA World Cup logo and jerseys with Adidas or Nike trademarks, in a delivery bound for Tanzania in April.

The case led officers to more fake products, including jerseys and shirts bearing FIFA, Dsquared and Polo Ralph Lauren logos, according to a statement from Guangzhou Customs.

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Huangpu Customs detected 4,500 jerseys intended for export to Malaysia by a company in Nanchang, Jiangxi province at Huangpu port in Guangzhou, Guangdong province.

The jerseys, wrapped in plastic bags and hidden behind 30,000 plain black label-free jerseys in a container, bear FIFA World Cup Russia logos and Adidas labels.

All the jerseys were of low quality, with shabby packaging and poorly printed labels.

World Cup 2018 kicks off in Russia with dazzling opening ceremony

  • Russia declared the soccer World Cup open on Thursday at a glitzy ceremony in Moscow headlined by British pop star Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina.
  • The 15-minute show produced by Russia’s state Channel One broke from World Cup tradition, focusing on musical acts including a performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky in front of full stands at the capital’s main Luzhniki stadium.
  • Robbie Williams performed hits “Let Me Entertain You” and “Rock DJ” accompanied by dancers and freestylers.
  • He was joined in a duet by Garifullina, a soloist from the Vienna State Opera, who entered the pitch on a firebird, singing Williams’ hit song “Angels”.
  • Williams caused a stir by making an obscene gesture to a camera.
  • The former Take That frontman raised his middle finger at the end of his performance at the Luzhniki Stadium after appearing to mouth the words “I did this for free”.
  • Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas and Russian supermodel and philanthropist Natalia Vodianova brought the World Cup trophy onto the pitch in a Louis Vuitton travel case.
  • Brazilian football ledgend Ronaldo (R) waves beside Russia 2018 World Cup mascot Zabivaka during the Russia World Cup opening ceremon
  • The biggest ground is Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, which holds 81,000 spectators. It will host seven matches, including the opener and the final.
  • Russia will use 12 stadiums in 11 cities spread over 2,900km of its territory from Kaliningrad on the Baltic coast to Ekaterinburg at the base of the Ural mountains for the 64 World Cup matches.
  • The other host cities are Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Volgograd, Ekaterinburg, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Sochi and St Petersburg.
  • Yes Czar, the Pharoahs have arrived. An Egyptian fan in appropriately fitting national garb gets in on the festivities in Moscow.
  • A Mexico fan with a toy trophy
  • A Germany fan holding up a welcome message for Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus as the German team arrive at the Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow.
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