‘No legal expert’ Rafinha ordered to honour Adidas contract
Rafinha, the Barcelona and Brazil soccer player, has been instructed by a court to respect an endorsement deal with sportswear giant Adidas, or face a fine of up to €1 million ($1.14 million).
The 25-year-old midfielder (pictured) was sued by the company after he switched to wearing blacked-out Mizuno boots in July.
Rafinha’s legal team contested a five-year extension that came into effect in the summer, claiming that it was buried in his contract, and that Adidas had not given him enough support when he suffered serious injuries in 2015 and 2017.
However, a district court in Amsterdam, where the initial deal was signed, has ordered the player to pay a fine of €10,000 for each day he refuses to honour the contract, up to a maximum of €1 million.
The judge said: “Although he is no legal expert, he knows how sponsor deals work.”
Adidas had been seeking restitution of €100,000 per day since 1 July when Rafinha broke the contract.
The company has been a sponsor of the player since 2011, and the deal includes a commitment from him to promote Adidas off the pitch and through social media.
Rafinha, who has won two caps for Brazil, faces another long spell on the sidelines after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in a LaLiga match between Atlético Madrid and Barcelona last month.