Barcelona midfielder Rafinha has been arranged to wear Adidas boots again – or face a fine of up to 1m euros.
The 25-year-old thought his sponsorship deal ended at the summer and changed on wearing blacked-out Mizuno boots, but has been resisted from the German sportswear giants.
Rafinha – out to the season with a knee injury – said Adidas hadn’t supported him earlier serious traumas and buried the five-year extension in his contract.
“Though he is no legal expert, he knows how worker copes work,” the judge said.
The district court in Amsterdam, where the original sponsorship arrangement was signed, arranged the Brazil play maker to pay a fine of 10,000 euros for each day he refuses to honor his contract, up to a maximum of 1m euros (£898,998).
Rafinha was arranged to pay the expenses of the trial, but it might have been worse – Adidas were searching a fine of 100,000 euros for every single day after 1 July if he awakened his contract.