Manchester United Fan Has Twitter Account Suspended for Using Official Crest

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterMarch 7, 2014


A Manchester United fan who ran a Twitter account listing the players who had represented the Red Devils had his account suspended after receiving multiple complaints.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the @ManUtd_Players account had only 170 followers at the time of its suspension—although it has picked up a few more since its return with a different crest as its handle.

The paper adds:

United said it monitors Twitter for infringements on a regular basis and one such check took place last week.

The club’s website says: “We are dedicated to helping fight the crime of counterfeiting. With our legal team, Trading Standards, Customs and law enforcement officers, we aim to ensure that illegal goods never make it to their planned destination and, if required, counterfeiters are arrested and prosecuted.

It could appear harsh, but United's crest is protected by copyright, and they are not the only football club to pursue such methods to protect their image.

In 2011, Yahoo! Eurosport reported that Arsenal forced a woman in Spain to change the name of her hat shop from "Arsenale" because it was too close to the club's own name.