Arsenal turn their legal armoury on poor, bewildered Spanish hat-seller
Imagine you’re an Arsenal fan (yes, we know it’s grim but please try and indulge us). Now imagine you’re wandering down a street in Seville and you come across a hat shop called Arsenale. You’d immediately assume that the football team you love had branched out into the formal millinery business and opted to open up their first store in Spain. Of course you’d be in there like a shot, snapping up the hats, even though there aren’t that many in the club’s traditional red and white colours.
You’d be making a mistake, and some would say an obvious one. Because believe it or not, the Arsenale store in Seville (pictured) is just an ordinary purveyor of hats. There is no connection between the store and the Gunners, other than the similarity of name.
Now, after years of legal petitioning, the football club has won a legal case against the hat shop, with a trademark infringement claim acknowledged by the Spanish courts. No, seriously. The Spanish authorities have agreed that the two businesses could be confused.
Alicia Simon, owner of the Arsenale store, is appealing against the decision and a final hearing will be held in Madrid. We wonder if the British Royal Artillery feel that their ‘Gunners’ nickname is causing confusion as well and might be thinking about legal action against the stupid football club...