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By ESPN Staff
Jul 17, 2014

FIFA bans Rosberg's World Cup helmet

Football's world governing body FIFA has stepped in to prevent Nico Rosberg from wearing a helmet featuring a picture of the World Cup trophy for this weekend's German Grand Prix due to copyright grievances.

Rosberg announced on Wednesday he would be wearing a modified helmet for his home race at Hockenheim this weekend to celebrate Germany's FIFA World Cup final triumph over Argentina on Sunday, a German flag with the World Cup trophy on top with four stars to commemorate each of Die Mannschaft's victories. 

But it has emerged Rosberg's new lid design was in violation of FIFA image rights preventing anyone who does not have the right to from showing the trophy.

FIFA's guidelines on the use of official World Cup branding state: "Any unauthorised use of the official marks not only undermines the integrity of the Fifa world cup and its marketing programme, but also puts the interests of the worldwide football community at stake."

Rosberg's manager George Nolte confirmed the helmet will be re-designed, ditching the World Cup trophy image but retaining the four stars to mark Germany's triumphs in 1954, 1974, 1990 and 2014.

Rosberg later tweeted out a picture of the new design.

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