Seventeen out of twenty one hawkers caught flogging knock off gear by gardai
At yesterday’s Manchester United v Sampdoria match in Dublin’s Aviva stadium, gardai inspected 21 street hawkers and found that only four were selling legitimate merchandise.
Gardai claim that the 225 hats, 200 placards, 140 flags and 2,220 scarves seized were worth an estimated €25,000.
The seizures involved gardaí from the Intellectual Property Crime Unit at the Garda National Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted by gardai from DMR South Central Division, officers from Revenue Customs Service, Dublin City Council Trading Licence Inspectors and representatives from Manchester United and Adidas.
Detective Superintendent George Kyne said: "The ongoing cooperation between various elements of law enforcement will continue, the objective being to stop counterfeit and sub standard products affecting the trade of genuine branded products.
"We will also continue to work with industry to ensure their intellectual property rights are protected in this regard."