The court ruled that Napoli can no longer play in Maradona’s face shirts. These are the results of the trial between the five children of Diego Maradona and his former manager Stefano Chechi.
According to La Repubblica, the club used four kits featuring Maradona’s “fingerprints” after his death, acquiring the rights to the image from businessman Chechi months before the Argentine died in November 2020. The Maradona family went to court because they did not give their consent to this, and the lawyers obtained a court ban on the distribution and use of the image in any form, including on T-shirts, and also demanded the seizure of proceeds in the amount of 450 thousand euros.
Naples court judge Paolo Andrea Vassallo said Ceci’s €23,000 contract with Napoli “damages the ancestral expectations” of Maradona’s children regarding the use of their father’s image, “a planetary symbol of football, recognized and recognizable throughout the world, whose economic value seems almost invaluable.”
The sale of six thousand limited-edition Napoli shirts featuring Maradona generated a gross of €900,000, with the former manager taking 50 per cent of the proceeds. An injunction was issued against him with the confiscation of 150,000 euros.
The ruling will not affect Napoli’s kit this season, as none of the kits feature Maradona’s image.