- John Terry’s tweets of Ape Kids Club NFTs featuring football trophies have caught the attention of UEFA.
- UEFA is now investigating the NFT’s infringement of intellectual property rights.
- Some of the Ape Kid Club NFTs are created in the likeness of other pro footballers.
The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and Premier League are looking into the infringement of their intellectual property rights after seeing their trophies being used as part of the Ape Kids Club NFT artwork.
This comes after football coach and ex-Chelsea football legend John Terry started promoting Ape Kids Club on his Twitter. Some of the NFT avatars of baby apes he shared feature the Premier League, Europa League and Champions League trophies while others are created in the likeness of footballers Tammy Abraham, Willian Borges, and Ashley Cole.
Reece James, Marco Verratti, Tammy Abraham, Ashley Cole and Nigel de Jong have all tweeted their support of the project.
In response to an avatar Terry posted yesterday, former English footballer Bobby Zamora tweeted: “JT. Love this mate. Love the artwork you’ve done and what your project is about giving back to football in this web3 format.”
JT. Love this mate. Love the artwork you’ve done and what your project is about giving back to football in this web3 format.— Bobby Zamora (@RobertZamora25) January 25, 2022
All the best
Other football-related NFT avatars Terry posted on his Twitter account also include images of Chelsea’s club badge, which the football club is also looking into. The Football Association is also aware of the NFTs Terry has been promoting which have used the FA Cup trophy, the Community Shield and the England kit.
As reported by The Guardian, UEFA, which organises the Europa League and Champions League, said: “Uefa takes the protection of its intellectual property rights seriously and we are investigating this matter further.”
The governing bodies of football are currently assessing if there has been a breach of copyright. If Terry is embroiled in a legal case over IP infringements by promoting Ape Kids Club, it may cost him his consultancy role at Chelsea’s football academy.
One month ago, Terry announced his collaboration with Ape Kids Club as he revealed the NFT artwork of his family portrait on Twitter.
It’s not known who the creators of Ape Kids Club are, but Twitter user “JSnft.eth” is the project’s Director.
Neither John Terry nor Ape Kids Club Director “JSnft.eth” has responded to the matter so far.
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