The South Africa-based goalkeeper and Uganda Cranes captain Denis Onyango brags two local betting companies, Melbet and Paragon Bet to court, wants them to compensate him Shs50m, each for using his image to promote their brands without his consent.
In a letter addressed to the managing directors of the two betting companies ,through his lawyers ,Onyango wants the companies to pay for image rights infringement.
“Our client’s attention was recently drawn to advertisements carried by both Melbet and Paragon Bet on their social media handles to promote their products for the Uganda Cranes against Burkina Faso and Malawi which adverts bore our client’s image,” the statement signed on April 6, 2021, reads in part.
This unauthorized use, Onyango, says “is a deliberate violation of his image rights give the fact that he is an ambassador for Gal Sport Betting, “another entity in the same business.”
The Sundowns goalkeeper signed a one-year deal in February with Gal’s Sport Betting paying him $30,000 (Shs110m) over the next 12 months.
“The purpose of this letter therefore is to demand that you desist from future usage of our client’s image to promote your products and to further demand that you each pay Shs50m as compensation for violation of his image rights,” the letter concludes.
Onyango has also made a complaint with the Uganda National Lotteries and Gaming Regulatory Authority requesting that they reprimand the unwelcome conduct of the two companies for image right’s violations