On Sunday, Qatar warned the general public against using unauthorized vehicle license plates bearing the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup logo after it auctioned dozens of license plates for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
“It is forbidden to copy and display the World Cup logo on a vehicle license plate,” the Home Office tweeted, warning that violators will be prosecuted.
“The World Cup logo plates are a special edition that is being issued under special conditions in agreement with FIFA…and only for special license plates put up for auction,” the statement reads.
In May, 50 license plates with the World Cup logo were put up for auction, the most expensive of which was sold for 1.8 million Qatari rials (494 thousand dollars).
Qatari authorities said in May that five people were arrested “for facilitating the sale of clothing bearing the Qatar 2022 World Cup logo without obtaining prior approval from FIFA,” which protects its trademarks.
It comes after authorities raided a factory last year that was supposed to be bottled with the World Cup logo on a perfume factory, but didn’t arrest anyone. There are no official spirits.
FIFA is the governing body of world football and Qatar is due to host the World Cup from November 21 to December 18.