Football fans love their memorabilia and they even spend lots of money to grab their very own Holy Grail. Fan are so mad of collecting jerseys that Real Madrid capitalised on it and recovered the whopping £80 million transfer fee spent on Cristiano Ronaldo by selling jerseys alone!
Olivier Demolis is one of these fans and he was more than excited, when he found the number #20 jersey of French international David Trezeguet on the online auction platform eBay.
The Frenchman sought to buy the jersey worn by by his compatriot in the 1998 FIFA World Cup final, when France beat Brazil 3-0 at the Stade de France. The ’98 final is one of the proudest moments for a French football fan as French fans worldwide rejoiced at Brazil’s demolition at the hands of ‘Les Blues’. Demolis was eager to relive it it with memorabilia that belonged to Trezequet, who watched his team lift the World Cup from the bench. Olivier Demolis, whose last name means ‘demolish’ as pointed out by ‘The Guardian’ paid 7,350 Euros (10,040 US $) to a well-known Brazilian vendor and was looking forward to adding another historic jersey to his collection of original “Les Bleues” jerseys.
Demolis never received the jersey, but was informed by the French authorities that the jersey has been destroyed by customs officers, who took it for a fake!
“On 16 November last I got a call telling me that the package had arrived and was being held at customs so I told them I’d swing by in the afternoon to pick it up. I was told that the jersey had been destroyed as a fake by customs officials. I went mad,” the Frenchman told local media.
Demolis is seeking compensation from the French authorities and one can only hope that he will get at least a few bucks after the fatal mistake by the customs officers.