Blog: FIFA does not own the colour orange
Chris Mercer | 15 June 2010
An off-field spat has erupted between FIFA, Dutch brewer Bavaria and 30 blonde women in orange mini-dresses.
Reports out of South Africa say that the 30 blondes, who were all wearing bright orange mini-dresses, were evicted from the stadium prior to the Netherlands v Denmark World Cup game yesterday (14 June).
Apparently, the outfits featured in an advert campaign currently running for Bavaria and FIFA took exception to this alleged "ambush marketing". The women were reportedly arrested.
Bavaria has reacted angrily to the move, saying that "FIFA don't have a monopoly over orange".
The world football body has an exclusive sponsorship deal with Anheuser-Busch InBev's Budweiser.
So strict is this deal, that rival brewer SABMiller has been forced to sell its Castle lager in unmarked cans at FIFA "fan sites" across South Africa.
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