Real Madrid and players sue over unauthorised use of images

May 2005


Spanish giants Real Madrid and several of its top players, including Raul and David Beckham, are taking legal action against online betting firms over what the club claims to be the unauthorised use of its name and players’ images. Five star players – Ronaldo, Beckham, Raul, Zinedine Zidane and Figo – are joining the club in the legal actions. They are taking action against Ladbrokes, William Hill, Sportingbet, Sporting Exchange, BAW International of Gibraltar and Malta-based Mr.Bookmaker. Legal steps had already been launched in France, Belgium and Germany against these companies. The club wants the companies to stop using the images and to “repair the harm caused”.” It is alleged that the companies used the name of Real Madrid and the majority of its players without authorisation and that they often used photographs and drawings of these footballers wearing the kit and badge of Real Madrid.


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