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Two Arrested Over Fake Scorpions Replica Jerseys

Two traders have been arrested for being in possession of fake Lacoste replica jerseys for Gambia national team.

The two, who allegedly made hundreds of thousands of dollars in the scheme, were picked up on Tuesday from different locations in Banjul.

Both men were briefly locked up at Ebo Town Police Post where they wrote statements and were later released on bail.

According to Gambia Football Federation (GFF), one of the traders was nabbed in Wellingara, West Coast Region while in procession of 25 shirts before leading the police to a shop owned by his accomplice, where fake replicas were being sold in large volumes.

“The operation, with help from The Gambia Police Force (GPF) led the team to one Mr. Mendy in Wellingara, West Coast Region, where 25 Lacoste shirts with GFF registered crest printed on them were recovered and confiscated. This individual led the operations team to a shop in Banjul called Galactic Fashion who does both wholesale and retail of general merchandise,” reads GFF’s statement in part.

“Situated between The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) building and the Ferry Terminal, we met one Momodou Lamin Jallow, who had a hot press machine in his store with piles and piles of plain Lacoste shirts, which he used to illegally print our logos on for commercial gains.

“The two men were both escorted to the Ebo Town Police Post where they wrote statements and were later released on bail, having assured that they will cease to involve in the illegal act.”

In recent days, some football jerseys bearing GFF logo has been found on the social network forcing the federation to warn people trading in the products to stop the practice or face arrest.

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