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S.Africa seizes US$6m of World Cup fakes: report

S.Africa seizes US$6m of World Cup fakes: report

South Africa has seized more than six million dollars worth of fake World Cup merchandise, with many of the goods originating from China and other Asian countries, a newspaper said Saturday.
Customs authorities have seized 46 million rand (US$6.1 million) in fakes over the last six months, including about 20 million rand worth of copycat jerseys for South Africa's national side Bafana Bafana, the Saturday Star reported.
"Most of the merchandise has been seized at Durban harbour and OR Tambo International Airport" in Johannesburg, FIFA lawyer Mohamed Khader told the paper.
"Several consignments and containers have been coming in from the East," he added.
South African Football Association spokesman Mario Sanyane said Adidas was contracted to produce Bafana's official jerseys.
"It's unacceptable that people from around the world are taking advantage of the Bafana brand," he said. South Africa is encouraging the nation to wear jerseys every Friday to build enthusiasm for the World Cup, sending demand soaring.