Trezeguet's World Cup shirt destroyed by customs

Trezeguet's World Cup shirt destroyed by customs
By Reuters

09/02/2011 at 21:05Updated 09/02/2011 at 21:35

David Trezeguet's shirt from France's World Cup final win over Brazil in 1998 has been destroyed by French customs officers who wrongly thought it was fake.

Oliver Demolis bought the shirt from a Brazilian over the internet and had agreed to pay 7,350 euros (£6,238), which he is now trying to claim back through the courts.

"It was a well-known seller and the jersey was official. It was the last piece in my collection," he told newspaper Le Dauphine.

"When I went to get it they told me the shirt had been destroyed by customs because it was counterfeit. I went mad."

Before heading for the courts Demolis wrote to French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of the French Football Federation Fernand Duchaussoy and even David Trezeguet himself about the incident.

Demolis is a keen football collector who has over a dozen official French jerseys, including two worn by legend Zinedine Zidane.

Hosts France beat Brazil 3-0 in the final watched by Trezeguet who was an unused substitute at the Stade de France.

The attached photo shows Trezeguet celebrating after scoring in the group stages of the same tournament against Saudi Arabia.