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Tourists duped over soccer shirt sales 

Tourists on Gran Canaria have been duped into buying false football shirts, say the police.

Following an operation conducted by the National Police, 14 people were arrested for crimes against intellectual property. They also seized more than 1,000 items of counterfeit clothing with a market value of 60,000 euros.

Officers said more than half of the 14 arrested had records for the same type of crime.

The arrests were made in a shopping centre in Maspalomas for selling high-quality shorts and tops of well-known soccer teams.

The main customers were tourists who thought they were buying genuine items.

The investigation began after complaints from a sales representative of major sports brands who had detected a noticeable increase in bogus sales.

National Police set up surveillance and caught the defendants in the act.