By Thai Newsroom Reporters
A BIG BUNDLE OF PIRATED T-SHIRTS bearing the names and logos of world and Thai national football teams have been seized at the Thai-Cambodian border in Aranyaprathet district of Sra Kaeo, police said.
The authorities seized a total of 290 counterfeit T-shirts in two large duffel bags thrown away on the side of a natural border path by an unidentified smuggling suspect who had fled the scene after he had slipped in and out of Thai territory riding a motorcycle with a sidecar, the police said.
The counterfeit items had been allegedly destined for Rong Klua market in Aranyaprathet across the border from Poi Pet township of Cambodia.
The confiscated fakes include 187 T-shirts bearing the name and logo of the famous English Premier League football club Manchester United, 60 with the name and logo of the Thai national football team, 20 with those of the German national football team and 20 with those of the reputed Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund.
Many more of such bogus goods might possibly be smuggled across the Thai-Cambodian border and destined for Rong Khlua and other black markets in Thailand, the police said.
A genuine, patented T-shirt bearing the name and logo of Manchester United currently sells for a range of 2,200 to 2,900 baht in Thailand and that of the Thai national team sells for a range of 590 to 2,490 baht whilst the pirated ones seized in the eastern border district would only sell for a range of 95 to 200 baht in the blackmarket each.
Most Thai viewers of English Premier League football games broadcast live weekly are either known as fans of Manchester United or Liverpool.
Garments for sale at Rong Klua market in Aranyaprathet. Photos: Thai Rath