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PSG Takedown Of M.I.A. Video
Christian Eede , January 11th, 2016 13:11

French football team take issue with association in M.I.A.'s self-directed new video addressing the European refugee crisis

French football club Paris Saint Germain has served M.I.A. a takedown notice on the video for her recent single ‘Borders’.

Universal Music has been told to take down the video which sees M.I.A. wear a customised version of the football club’s kit emblazoned with ‘Fly Pirates’ and deals with the ongoing European refugee crisis.

The team’s lawyers wrote: “We had the unpleasant surprise to find that the singer in this video clip appears twice wearing the official jersey of our team bearing the very easily recognizable logo PARIS SAINT GERMAIN and our sponsors’ brands (NIKE and QNB), and the brand of our sponsor EMIRATES which slogan was diverted from ‘FLY EMIRATES’ to ‘FLY PIRATES’. More than being surprised, we simply do not understand why we are associated, through our logo and the official jersey of our team’s players, to such denunciation.”

This is the latest legal dispute for M.I.A. who in 2014 was sued by the NFL for $16 million after raising her middle finger during Madonna’s Super Bowl half-time show. You can see a picture of the lawyers’ letter regarding the new video here and check out the video above.