Barcelona get a "surprise" two million euro windfall
A court ruling went in their favour and Draps are in the mud
In a time of scarcity in which, beyond the famous levers, every euro that enters their coffers is gold, FC Barcelona has found itself with an atypical income of almost two million euros. And it does not come from a sale of a footballer or from a salary reduction, but from a court ruling in their favour for the illegal sale of merchandising products by a third party: Draps Center SL.
The company has been sentenced by Barcelona Mercantile Court number nine to pay Barça a total of 1,985,722.32 euros, according to a ruling from last June to which El Periódico, had access too. The ruling, against which an appeal is possible, punishes the illegal sale of products in the vicinity of the Camp Nou, as well as in a bazaar in Lloret de Mar (Girona).
Draps Center SL is a company that had agreements with Barça for nine years, between 2005 and 2014, for the "manufacture, import, reproduction, promotion and distribution of official merchandising products" from Barça, such as scarves, hats, gloves. The relationship ended on December 31, 2014, although the winning bidder had a three-month margin to exhaust the pre-existing 'stock'.
However products were sold from 2015 to 2018, and the judge thinks Draps Center SL was responsible - and used labels on other products made to look official, when they were not.