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Portugal sued for ‘wrongful’ use of its image in FIFA games

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Portugal sued for 'wrongful' use of its image in FIFA games

Portuguese football player Diogo Santos has filed a lawsuit against an American company that develops and distributes FIFA electronic games, demanding compensation for the “improper and offensive” use of his image.

PORTUGAL DEMANDS ALMOST 54 THOUSAND EUROS

In the lawsuit, which was filed in the Braga court and to which Lusa had access today, Diogo Santos seeks compensation of more than 53,900 plus interest for property and non-pecuniary damage.

It alleges that Electronic Arts Inc., based in California, United States of America, is using its name, likeness, and personal and professional characteristics in its video games titled FIFA 2019 and FIFA MANAGER 2010 without permission. , 2011 , 2012, 2013 and 2014

He also says that he “never gave anyone explicit or even tacit permission” to participate in these electronic games.

Currently Diogo Santos, now 37 years old, originally from Vila Franca de Xira, lives in Fao, Esposenda, played for Felgueiras last season.

He has already passed through Académico de Viseu, Santa Clara, Famalican, Oliveirense, Aroca and Gil Vicente, and also defended the colors of Brasov from Romania.

DYOGO SANTOS COMPARES THE CASE OF MESSI

In action, Diogo Santos says he had access to news that Electronic Arts is paying “some players real fortunes, as in the case of Lionel Messi, who receives US$50 million for appearing in their games.”

“Author [Diogo Santos] does not intend to receive what is being paid to Lionel Messi, but such news proves that the amount requested, given the economic opportunities of the defendant [empresa] and the fact that she pays some players is very modest, ”the lawsuit says.

The action also emphasizes that the games have an annual release, which implies a payment of 6,000 euros for appearing in each game, “which is not even enough, because we are talking about a reward for the annual use of the image of a football player, a professional in the first division of Portugal.”

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The lawsuit was filed with the court of Braga, which in September 2021 deemed itself “internationally incompetent” to evaluate and judge him.

The footballer appealed to the Court of Appeal, which upheld the decision of the first instance, and then to the High Court of Justice (HJC), which gave him grounds for continuing the process.

In a May 24 decision consulted by Lusa this Thursday, STJ states that “they have international competence to know the substance of a non-contractual civil liability claim for infringement of personal rights through content broadcast around the world, the courts of the country in which the center the interests of the victim is in the period when the damage caused by this offense arises.

“Portuguese courts have international jurisdiction to rule on a claim in which a professional football player who predominantly operated in Portugal seeks compensation for damages caused by the unauthorized use of his name and likeness in FIFA video games produced in the United States of America. and distributed all over the world, ”adds the Supreme.

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″I couldn't leave without winning this award″

Statements from Otavio, the player of FC Porto, who this Monday received the Golden Dragon as Footballer of the Year.

Speech: “I thought and I didn’t say anything that I thought. It happened by itself, I’m very happy, I was looking for [o prémio] a lot of time. I saw others, I couldn’t leave without winning this prize. Thank God I won and now it’s time to make the most of it.”

Did you tell the President that you want the Golden Dragon? “I never commented, asking for an award was not my style, it was deserved, I was very happy, many could have won. I am very happy”.

Feeling: “This is something to be proud of, this is the best person in the club, everyone wants to win, this will go down in history. It will be kept under lock and key in the museum that I have. It will get worse.” , nothing will come of it, it will be well stored.

Gala: “It’s always great, because of covid-19, the gala concert has not been held for many years. It is always special, everyone wants to be part of the gala concert. Being a dragonado, he is even more special. We did a good job and this is proof.”

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Statements by Sergio Conceiçao after receiving the Golden Coach of the Year award at the Golden Dragons Gala

Golden Dragon cost: “I represent many people in this Golden Dragon. The first time I went to Olival with the president in 2017, he named the four essential pillars of FC Porto: rigor, competence, ambition and passion. Looking at it and being with it every day. My players, who don’t usually wear a formal suit as they do today, but the most competitive suit that is required, which is Pepe’s suit, give me great joy when I get up and go to work.”

Technical team and others: “With a super competent technical team, a health department, where there is not only Dr. Nelson Puga and therapists, but also an optometrist, pedologist, a number of people who work daily so that the players do not miss anything. and so that year after year they can get better and win, which is what we want.”

Techniques: “Victory. Not forgetting the people in the kitchen, in the restaurant, the people involved in analysis and observation, the equipment technicians, because today everyone is a technician… [risos]🇧🇷 Lawn techniques too, because I am very picky about the height of the lawn. I think that every detail is important and matters. Finally, a number of people who contribute to making this possible. This is not mine, this belongs to the people of Olival, who are always led by our great, my friend and godfather, the president.”

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A family: “Finally, to paraphrase our Gonzalinho [Borges], I want to dedicate it completely to my family, which is not easy, and parents, as always. Not being among us, they will certainly be very proud, not least because they have received two more extremely important people in the life of the club and that together they are up there watching us so that FC Porto becomes bigger , was getting better. , become stronger and win. And let’s keep it up. Is always. Because we deserve it. We are also honest, serious, dedicated and competent workers.”

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BALL – Enzo and Otamendi: world champion exceptions (Argentina)

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BALL - Enzo and Otamendi: world champion exceptions (Argentina)

Portuguese football has reason to rejoice as two more world champions will enter the national stages, the first to win the title as part of the Portuguese team, the only ones on the field yesterday, in Qatar, among 35 players who play in one of the top five leagues in the world, so called big 5.

Enzo Fernandez, 21-year-old midfielder, and Nicolás Otamendi, 34-year-old central defender, played 120 minutes for Argentina. would advance to the Argentine penalty as Montiel quickly put an end to doubts – and represented not only Benfica in the list of clubs of great prestige, but also a league of lesser expression, such as the Portuguese, the only one of the less media and powerful ones that had players in the final.

Neither in the starting lineup (see tables), nor in the 13 options used by the coaches – Montiel (Sevilla), Pezzella (Betis), Acuña (Sevilla), Leandro Paredes (PSG), Lautaro Martinez ( Inter) and Dybala (Roma) entered Argentina, from the French side they were also called Disasi (Monaco), Conate (Liverpool), Fofana (Monaco), Camavinga (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bavaria), Muani (Eintracht) and Thuram (Borussia). M’gladbach) – if they found other players who didn’t play in the leagues of England, Spain, Italy, France or Germany, that’s a clear sign of where the money and power come from to attract great players.
Some, like Enzo and Otamendi, are just over the top.ig 5 – if the midfielder was already in vogue among the richest in Europe, followed by Liverpool and Real Madrid, among others, now that he has won the World Cup and the best young player trophy in the competition … – but they shine enough to guarantee yourself a place in the best team in the world.

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