FIFA Prohibits German F1 Driver from Putting World Cup Trophy on His Helmet (Pic and Tweet)

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 10.54.06 AMCiting an infringement on “intellectual property,” FIFA has prohibited German Formula 1 driver Nico Rosberg from putting a small image of the World Cup trophy on his new German-themed helmet. Thanks, FIFA, for peddling the World Cup as international event that belongs to the world, then banning an athlete in another sport from celebrating the victory in the most innocuous way possible.

The FIFA spokesperson offered up this charming explanation, “FIFA brands cannot be allowed to be shown on a commercially branded helmet.” So in case you were thinking that what Germany took home was a symbol of global competition and reward for performance, it’s not. It’s a FIFA brand. Common mistake.

Here’s what the helmet was going to look like:

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and here’s what it will look like now, with the stars representing the World Cup victories for Germany:

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