NAPOLI are no longer allowed to wear shirts with Diego Maradona depicted on them after losing a legal battle with the legend’s children.
But his five children then became embroiled in a legal case with their father’s ex-manager Stefano Ceci surrounding the sporting icon’s image rights.
La Repubblica understands that Napoli acquired the rights to the shirts through Ceci prior to Maradona’s death in 2020.
The club signed a £20,200 agreement with Ceci, but now Maradona’s children have successfully secured a ruling which will stop his face from being distributed.
Proceeds made from the sales of the shirts – around £400,000 – have been seized, while Ceci has also been forced to hand over around £132,000.
In total, around 6,000 limited edition shirts were sold by Napoli.
Court of Naples judge Paolo Andrea Vassallo described the contract between the club and Ceci as “detrimental to the patrimonial expectations”.
Judge Vassallo then went on to add that Maradona was “a planetary symbol of football, recognised and recognisable all over the world, whose economic value appears to be of considerable importance, almost inestimable”.
Maradona is considered to be Napoli’s most iconic ever player, scoring 115 times in 257 appearances between 1984 and 1991.
And he was instrumental in helping the club win their first ever Serie A title in 1987 – one year after inspiring Argentina to World Cup glory.
Napoli then won the scudetto again in 1990.
Since then, they have not managed to claim the league title, but have made a superb start to the new campaign.
Luciano Spalletti’s side sit top of the Serie A title after winning five and drawing two of their opening seven matches.