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Last Updated: Thursday, 31 March, 2005, 14:17 GMT 15:17 UK
Court hears Cameroon kit case
Cameroon national team at Tunisia 2004
Cameroon's kit has been the subject of Fifa scrutiny in recent years

A German court will begin hearing a lawsuit instituted against Fifa by sportwear manufacturers Puma next Wednesday.

The sportswear firm, which supplies the kit of Cameroon's Indomitable Lions, is demanding US$2.59 million in damages.

A spokesman for the regional court in Nuremberg-Fuerth, near Herzogenaurach - where Puma has its headquarters - said the trial will start on 6 April.

Fifa banned kit Puma made for Cameroon's 2004 African Cup of Nations campaign in Tunisia, on the grounds that it violated rules on playing apparel.

The jersey and shorts were combined to form a catsuit, which violated rules that both items must be separate.

Football's governing body imposed a six-point sanction on their 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, after Cameroon continued to wear the offending kit in Tunisia.

The sanction was subsequently reversed at Fifa's 2004 centennial congress in Paris.

Cameroon are no strangers to kit controversy, as they turned up for the 2002 African Cup of Nations in Mali wearing sleeveless shirts, which were subsequently banned by Fifa.

Puma has alleged Fifa interfered in the firm's legitimate business dealings and accuse Adidas, their bigger arch-rival, of instigating Fifa sanctions against Cameroon.

Puma and Adidas are both located in the same German town.

Adidas, Fifa's long-term World Cup partner, has denied Puma's allegations.

Fifa has declined to comment on the pending case, according to the German newspaper Handelsblatt.

Both sportswear companies have played out a feud for decades, after two brothers fell out and closed down their former joint shoe factory.




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