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Image rights negotiations are delaying Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Manchester United manager.

It has emerged that Chelsea still own his name as a trademark and could demand a six-figure sum from United before any deal is concluded.

However, the issue will not scupper his appointment at Old Trafford.

Mourinho is expected to be named as Louis van Gaal’s replacement after the Dutchman, 64, was sacked on Monday despite winning the FA Cup.

Te deal to bring Mourinho to Old Trafford are largely complete, but discussions between his agent, Jorge Mendes, and United officials will now enter a third day.

On Wednesday, former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss Mourinho, 53, told waiting reporters at his home in London that he was going to Portugal.

What is the hold-up?

Chelsea registered ‘Jose Mourinho’ and his signature as a European trademark in 2005, which means they can use it to sell merchandise such as toiletries, technology, clothing and jewellery.

Sports lawyer Carol Couse told BBC Sport it was “really unusual” for an individual not to own the trademark to their own name.

“If United had a brand of Mourinho clothing, it would be in breach of the trademark Chelsea currently own,” said Couse, of law firm Mills & Reeve.

What are the possible solutions?

Mourinho cannot override the trademark, so the options are:

  • United do not use Mourinho’s name against the exhaustive list of items that Chelsea have registered – from umbrellas to watch straps, lingerie and talcum powders.
  • United pay Chelsea for a licence so they can use Mourinho’s name on club merchandise
  • United ask Mourinho to buy the trademark back
  • United challenge the trademark if they think they can prove it has not been used by Chelsea

Couse pointed out that Mourinho has managed Inter Milan and Real Madrid since the trademark was registered, suggesting the Italian and Spanish clubs both found a way around the sticky issue.

“They have either acquired the rights from Chelsea or managed the use of his name,” she said.

As for a licence, Couse estimated that it could cost United “hundreds of thousands of pounds” but said it might be worth the investment.

“If Chelsea didn’t grant a licence, every time United used Jose Mourinho’s name in a commercial capacity against those products, Chelsea could sue Manchester United,” she said. “I would suspect United would rather just pay a licence fee.”

Any other issues?

There is also potential conflict between Mourinho’s personal deals and United’s own sponsors.

For example, he has a contract with car manufacturer Jaguar, while United’s shirts sponsors areChevrolet.

“I don’t think that in itself would hold up any negotiation,” said Couse.

“A lot of world-class players go to Manchester United with their own personal deals. Mourinho’s deals will be in a personal capacity.”

Couse said United cannot force Mourinho to drive a Chevrolet car or wear Chevrolet clothes outside of club capacity, but they could pay him an incentive to buy out the Jaguar deal early.

Chelsea declined to comment when contacted by BBC Sport.

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Monkeypox Spreads To Two More Countries After Cases Double In UK

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As the global outbreak of monkeypox continues, two more countries have confirmed cases.

Previous cases outside of Africa have been confirmed in the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, Spain, Italy, and elsewhere in recent weeks.

While the UK Health Security Agency announced that the number of cases in the country has risen to 20, Germany and Belgium have both confirmed the presence of the smallpox-like disease.

The medical service of Germany’s armed forces confirmed finding a single case of the “virus beyond doubt for the first time in Germany on May 19 in a patient with characteristic skin lesions.”

Belgian health officials confirmed two cases of the viral disease.

According to a Flemish broadcaster, both were discovered in men who had attended the same party.

Spanish health officials confirmed 14 new cases earlier today, bringing the total to 21, mostly in and around Madrid.

Another 20 cases are suspected, 19 in Madrid’s central region and one in the Canary Islands.

Italy has also confirmed two new infections, bringing the country’s total to three.

Smallpox vaccine is being offered to UK health workers who have been exposed to the virus.

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Namibian School Warns Parents Of ‘Demonic’ Webpage Indoctrinating Children

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A Namibian school has issued a warning to parents about a “demonic” website that they claim is indoctrinating children into committing evil acts.

The state-owned Grootfontein Secondary School warned parents in a letter dated 16 May 2022 to be aware of the web pages “Chucky’s Cheese Restaurant” and “FNAF – Five Nights at Freddy” to ensure that their children are not exposed to them.

Mr Botma, the school’s principal, stated that the authorities noticed some of the students acting strangely and out of character.

Botma stated that the children in question were exposed to the Chucky’s Cheese Restaurant website.

The letter read;

16 May 2022

RE: CHUCK’S CHEESE & FNAF

It is with great concern that we bring the following to your attention. We have noticed that some of our learners are acting strangely and out of character.

We learned that some of them came into contact with a terrible webpage called: Chucky’s Cheese Restaurant.

Here children interact with a demonic doll. At first, it is very entertaining and friendly, but after a while, the doll indoctrinates them, dares them and threatens them if they do not do certain things.

Daring them includes: strangle a friend, kill a teacher, burn your house, etc.

Chucky Cheese Restaurant was recently replaced by FNAF- Five Nights at Freddy, which is even worse.

These sites are already active in Namibia.

We urge you to please control what your child is watching on your phone, their own phone, tablets, laptops, etc.

We, as parents, are thinking they are playing an innocent game, but it is NOT. They are dared to even kill.

Please also inform your friends and other family members of this. Please contact our school Counselor with any enquiries or comments. tours faithfully.

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Nana Kwaku Bonsam, a celebrity fetish priest, has expressed Ghanaians’ collective frustration with President Nana Akufo-Addo.

According to him, President Akufo-Addo will go to hell for deceiving Ghanaians and failing the people.

Nana Kwaku Bonsam said on Angel FM, where he pronounced the curses, that Akufo-Addo has failed to deliver on his promises to Ghanaians and is thus a sure candidate for Hell.

“You mentioned that we have the money yet are hungry. But now that you’ve joined the government, we’re even more hungry. We can’t afford to live comfortably, and our girlfriends are deserting us because we can’t afford to keep up,” he explained.

“The bible talks about lies, and the President lied, thus he will go to hell,” the fetish priest believes the President’s lies will send him to hell.

Nana Kwaku Bonsam expressed concern that Ghanaians were living in abject poverty, which had been exacerbated by poor governance and economic hardship.

As a result, he has placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of President Akufo-Addo, who he claims has failed to capitalize on the country’s resources in order to push Ghana to become a prosperous nation.

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