Footwear manufacturer New Balance has today vowed to ‘vigorously defend’ itself amid rumours of Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini suing the company.
Reports broke last month that Belgian powerhouse Fellaini had decided to take New Balance to court, after a number of problems with his boots.
Fellaini signed an endorsement with New Balance during his time with Everton, but the Sun reported that the boots that the 29-year-old was forced to wear as part of this agreement caused ‘loss of enjoyment, inconvenience and impact on performance.’
Fellaini reportedly informed New Balance that his boots needed to be steamed and stretched before he could wear them, in one of a number of complaints to the American company.
Not backing down
However, New Balance themselves were said to have hit back by claiming that the Manchester United midfielder repeatedly referred to his footwear as ‘perfect’ when questioned by the manufacturer.
In an official statement provided to ESPN today, New Balance claim that they have ‘acted appropriately’ and are ready to ‘vigorously defend’ themselves against any upcoming litigation:
‘Although we cannot comment on pending litigation, New Balance can confirm that the company plans to vigorously defend itself and its longstanding record of manufacturing excellence and surpassing the needs of athletes around the world.’
‘New Balance is confident that it has acted appropriately and is grateful for the services historically provided by Mr. Fellaini.’