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By Chineze Ogugua

New Balance has announced that it will “vigorously defend itself” after Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini sued the company for injuring his feet through its boots.

Marouane Fellaini

Marouane Fellaini

Fellaini, who signed the endorsement deal while playing for Everton, had complained of the boots being too tight and that they needed to be “steamed and stretched” by equipment managers before he could wear them.

The Belgian who filed litigation at London’s High Court, claims in his suit that the New Balance boots have caused him loss of enjoyment, inconvenience and impact on performance, and he is asking for £2.1 million.

In a statement released by New Balance in defence, it read:

“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.”

Fellaini’s legal team is yet to comment on the legal action.

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