Mini-dress marketing dispute breaks out at World Cup as women arrested
Published 17/06/2010 | 05:00
A DIPLOMATIC dispute broke out last night over the fate of two Dutch women in orange mini-dresses who were arrested at a World Cup match.
Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen accused FIFA and South Africa of heavy handedness for pressing criminal charges on the pair for illegally advertising an "unofficial" brand of beer during a game in breach of FIFA marketing rules.
They were among a group ejected from a stadium for wearing orange dresses which carried a small tag advertising the Dutch beer brand Bavaria.
The women are accused of the "unauthorised use of a trademark at a protected event" and "entry into a designated area while in possession of a prohibited commercial object" at the game between Holland and Denmark.
If found guilty they could be jailed for up to six months. (©Independent News Service)