A 27-YEAR-OLD Irishman from Torrevieja has been arrested at Alicante-Elche Airport in possession of fake football shirts.
The counterfeit garments – estimated to be worth in the region of €80,000 – were said to be of “exceptionally quality” and thus were very difficult to detect. The fabric, the labels and the standard of machine work was exceptional but it was when one of the eagle-eyed officials spotted a slight difference in the shape of one of the club logs that suspicions were raised.
The arrest took place as a result of a joint operation between the Guardia Civil and the Spanish Tax Agency (Hacienda) and saw the confiscation of 1,612 fake football shirts belonging to a number of well-known English and Spanish clubs. They were discovered in five suspicious packages that arrived from China destined for an address in Torrevieja.
It is understood that the arrested man had paid €3,000 for the fake shirts and further investigations showed that they were destined to be sold online to buyers in Ireland, the UK and in Spain, as the man had no connection with any commercial outlets.