New UKIP symbol raises concerns over Premier League copyright clash

Hope Soto
September 30, 2017

The "British Lion" logo, which sits alongside text that reads "Ukip, for the nation", was chosen by Ukip members in a vote at the party's annual conference in Torquay.

It was decided by Ukip members but it looks strikingly similar to the Premier League's own purple lion logo, which was launched in February 2016 and used from the beginning of the 2016/17 season.

The Premier League is believed to be consulting its lawyers over accusations that Ukip's new logo is a "rip-off" of the emblem of English football's top flight.

But a Ukip spokesman insisted they have checked he logo does no infringe copyright telling reporters "We are not that stupid".

The eye-catching design, which apparently received a roar of approval from conference-going UKIPers, features the words "UKIP FOR THE NATION" alongside a purple lion's head.

Meanwhile, social media has erupted with people mocking Ukip for "stealing" their new logo.

The Ukip logo and the Premier League logo.

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The Premier League are consulting their lawyers amid claims Ukip 'stole' their lion logo for their rebrand

When he spotted the new logo Match of the Day host Lineker tweeted an "eyes rolling" emoji and the message: 'The @premierleague will be thrilled'.

But the ex-England star hit back: "But I'm working hard on having someone else's opinions".

Ukip chairman Paul Oakden told BBC Two's Daily Politics: "I'm not anxious".

He added: 'We did our due diligence before we put these logos to the membership and as I said, we are perfectly comfortable'.

"They will now elect a trademark lawyer to take on the Premier League". "It is a symbol that broadly is recognized internationally as a symbol of this country", a party spokesman told the Daily Mirror.

But her strident views have sparked horror among many of her party colleagues and could see the Ukip split for good.

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