MONTEVIDEO – Customs agents seized some 30,000 counterfeited Uruguayan national soccer team jerseys worth $1 million, authorities said.
The shipment also included a number of FC Barcelona jerseys with the name and number of Uruguayan international Luis Suarez, according to Virginia Cervieri, a lawyer representing Puma, the licensed manufacturer of the Uruguay jersey.
“The truth is that it was a very good counterfeit,” she told EFE. “The jerseys are very similar and we think that if a consumer doesn’t have the legitimate jersey to compare, he would not see the difference unless he notices the lack of the manufacturer’s logo.”
Cervieri said the knockoff jerseys were seized three weeks ago.
She said that investigators have identified the import firm responsible for bringing the Chinese-made jerseys into Uruguay.
“Once the prosecution proceeds we will know who was behind the manufacturing or who ordered the products. Sometimes one company handles the import but it is another the company that manufactures or orders,” Cervieri said.
Puma’s main concern to find out who is making the knockoffs so the problem can be tackled at the source, she said.