Legal Warning

PSG threaten hip-hop artist M.I.A. over wearing 'Fly Pirates' jersey in music video

The Ligue 1 champions are unhappy with their brand featuring in her song Borders.

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN have issued British rapper M.I.A. with a letter to express their anger at the presence of the French club’s jersey in one of her music videos.

In the self-directed video for Borders, the 40-year-old (real name Mathangi Arulpragasam) is seen wearing a PSG replica shirt as refugees climb fences and travel in boats.

However, the logo of main sponsor Fly Emirates has been altered to read ‘Fly Pirates’.

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In a letter addressed to Universal Music and signed by PSG chief executive Jean Claude Blanc, the club said it received an “unpleasant surprise” upon seeing the video, which was released in November.

“We had the unpleasant surprise to find that the singer, in this video clip, appears twice wearing the official jersey of our team, bearing the very easily recognisable logo PARIS SAINT GERMAIN and our sponsors’ brand (NIKE and QNB) and the brand of our sponsor EMIRATES which slogan was diverted from ‘FLY EMIRATES’ to ‘FLY PIRATES’,” it reads.

“.. More than surprised we simply do no understand why we are associated through our logo and the official jersey of our team’s players, to such denunciation.”

The letter goes on to list the social work PSG, which is owned by the Qatar Investment Authority, does to help the less advantaged and refugees, before requesting that the video and any imagery with the jersey are taken down and threatening legal action if they are not.
M.I.A. posted the letter in full on Twitter earlier today and has since been retweeting messages of support.

Watch the video here:

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