Sportswear company New Balance have responded to footballer Marouane Fellaini’s claims that their boots damaged his feet.
The Manchester United star claims that the boots the company sent him had to be “steamed and stretched” by a United kit man before they would fit.
He claims the boots made him uncomfortable, and is suing New Balance for £2 million in damages.
Barrister Ruth den Besten, who represents Rosalina Investments, outlined Fellaini’s complaints in a claim statement.
“The football boots supplied by New Balance were of poor quality and caused considerable damage to Mr Fellaini’s feet,” she said.
“In order that the boots fit Mr Fellaini, they were required to be steamed and stretched by the Manchester United FC’s assistant kit man.”
She added: “Mr Fellaini repeatedly communicated his frustration with the poor quality of the boots.”
But Ian Mill QC, who represents New Balance, said in a written defence to Rosalina’s claim, that Fellaini had been happy with replacements.
“The player orally informed Mr Simon Crawford of New Balance that he was experiencing discomfort when wearing certain boots,” said Mr Mill.
“New Balance therefore arranged for the player to be provided with bespoke replacement boots.”
Mr Mill added: “The player indicated in WhatsApp messages sent to Mr Ben Robson, an employee of New Balance, that he was content with the fit of the replacement boots.”
He spelled out two WhatsApp exchanges.
In December 2016 Mr Robson had asked if the new boots were “a good fit for you, better than previous?” – and Fellaini had responded: “Yeah”.
In January Mr Robson had asked “Is the fit feel of the boots good?”, and Fellaini had replied: “Perfect for the boots.”