Spat with soccer team: M.I.A. Paris-Saint Germain

Published: January 12, 2016

Spat with soccer team: M.I.A. Paris-Saint Germain, Paris Saint-Germain have become embroiled in a bizarre legal battle with London hip-hop artist, M.I.A.

The French club have demanded that M.I.A, real name Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, and her record company remove their new video “Borders’, which features a doctored PSG away shirt.

In the video, which looks to tackle the ongoing Syrian migrant crisis, M.I.A is pictured wearing the club’s shirt with the club’s sponsors changed from ‘Fly Emirates’ to ‘Fly Pirates’.

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The Hounslow-born artist claims she and her record company, Universal, received an official letter from the Ligue Un club concerning her new song.

M.I.A posted the legal warning on Twitter after PSG allegedly sent a letter to the artist’s record company insisting the video be removed.

The letter from PSG’s deputy CEO Jean-Claude Blanc also asks that the club be compensated for the “harm we have suffered.”

— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) January 11, 2016

The letter reads: “We consider that the use of our brand and image in a video clip denouncing the treatment of refugees is a source of discredit to our club and distorts its public communication policy.”

“By causing us an image prejudice you have unduly taken advantage from the considerable reputation of our club,” the letter continues.


— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) January 11, 2016

The south London-born artist has been inundated with support from her fans over the issue and posted a defiant image of herself wearing the controversial shirt.


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