Cristiano Ronaldo, Sir Alex Ferguson, and other sports personalities have been dragged into legal battle by a top restaurants in Italy, Cibo.
Other high-profile names has been mentioned by the Italian refreshment outfit with the Portuguese star leading the list, including his former Premier League and Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
The names of the mentioned sportspersons is reportedly listed on court papers lodged at the High Court in Italy by the dining hotspot.
The restaurant, popularly known as Cibo – a multi-million dollar restaurant usually graced by top-class and A-list sports personalities – is trying to stop competitors from using it’s name to trade and conduct business.
Apart from Cristiano Ronaldo, Sir Alex Ferguson, and Tyson Fury, other stars whose name are also mentioned in the court papers include Will.I.Am, Manchester United legends Ryan Giggs, Patrice Evra and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Liverpool stars Mohammed Salah, Alison Becker and Darwin Nunez.
The names on the court papers, mainly dominated by top footballers, are said to be regulars at Cibo Hale and Cibo Wilmslow.
The luxury restaurants have featured in ITV2’s Real Housewives of Cheshire and was where Solskjaer and Manchester United’s then chief Ed Woodward met to thrash out a permanent managerial deal over a £10.50 spaghetti bolognese.
Bosses at Cibo are said to be furious and taking all actions possible against three other restaurants close to the luxury joint for brand theft.
The bosses accused the near-by restaurants of making use of the name of the organization and popularity with top stars to trade and do business without the approval of the company.
The defaulting restaurants are Cibo Manchester, Cibo Liverpool Road, and Cibo Great Northern. The bosses are suing them for using the name and trading off the reputation of stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and others who are known clients of Cibo Hale and Cibo Winslow.
Four of the directors of the concerned firms in each organization have been reportedly sued by the angry bosses
In a controversial and shocking move, the furious bosses mentioned clients like Cristiano Ronaldo, Tyson Fury, Sir Alex Ferguson, Darwin Nunez, and others in the court papers submitted to the Italian High Court.
The statement on the papers reads;
“The ClaimaNunez, nts’ exceptional level of service, stylish décor and reputation has helped to attract high profile and celebrity customers to their restaurant.
“The Claimants’ customers include a range of high profile individuals like Cristiano Ronaldo, Tyson Fury, Sir Alex Ferguson, and other celebrities from across the UK, many of whom are known worldwide.”
“The concerns of Cibo Hale and Cibo hinge on the attendant risks and losses from the uncouth moves of the firms, who are edging on a poor imitation of the originals of Cibo to sway clients and damage the reputation of the main company.
“The Claimants have suffered and continue to suffer loss and damage.
“The goodwill, and the associated reputation, of the Claimants is likely to be damaged by wrongly being associated with provision of the Defendants’ services.”
They also claim that their rivals pinched their signs and changed their interior to look similar in “a deliberate campaign” to confuse customers.
Cibo is seeking damages and an injunction to stop the other restaurants from using the name.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Tyson Fury, Alex Ferguson, Darwin Nunez, others regularly patronize Cibo.
Cibo are particularly concerned of losing the high-profile clients to the aforementioned rivals and are worried of sabotage as well through the rivals’ imitation schemes.
The likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, and other top stars are regular clients and have been spotted having a nice time at the joint with their families.
It is believed Cibo is mentioning their names in the Court Papers to add more weight to their claims while hoping to have the rivals back off.