Panini Cheapskates forced to withdraw Manchester United stickers from their collection

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United aren't fans of Cheapskate sticker companies

Manchester United have ordered the company Panini Cheapskates to stop selling stickers which feature their ex-players on, saying that the company are infringing "intellectual property rights" in doing so.

Set up by husband and wife Sian and Alex Pratchett in 2014, the Oxfordshire couple offer A3 hand-drawn prints of a selection of teams and footballers, which up until recently included Manchester United.

However, the club have now been in touch and demanded them to stop selling 'wonky drawings' of their former players, threatening legal action should they not oblige.

United made contact with the Pratchett's and informed them that drawing the Premier League club's badge, alongside other official club trademarks, infringes the aforementioned intellectual property rights and that they should pull them from sale on their website with immediate effect.

The couple wrote on their Twitter page this weekend: "Sad times. Man Utd got in touch and made us stop selling our wonky drawings of their ex-players. If you've ordered one, we'll be in touch. x"

They also posted a picture of the Red Devils' club crest next to their own hand-drawn version, which although does bare an obvious resemblance, is clearly miles away from the official badge.

Alongside the picture, the Twitter page named @CheapPanini said: "They sent us a bunch of trademark numbers, including some that relate the their badge. So they're saying that this is intellectual property theft..."

Since starting the company during the 2014 World Cup, Panini Cheapskates has continued to grow throughout the previous five years, with the couple now offering over 15 different A3 prints of various football clubs available for purchase online, from the Premier League right down to League One.

Some of the drawings are hilarious, especially this one which gives us all an insight into the sex life of Peter Beardley and what he may, or may not look like in the sack.

The couple's depiction of Carlton Palmer is also making us really laugh too. Not sure why, just looks like somebody's told him for the very first time that the earth isn't flat, and he doesn't care for that piece of information one little bit.

Since the debacle, the company have cleverly found a way around United's stringent rules, creating a brand new A3 print with Pro Evolution Soccer style names, such as Ray Wooney and Daffyd Peckham. The company confirmed that all profits from the first 50 sold will go to Cancer Research UK, terrific idea.

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