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Terry mulls legal action over cigarette packets

England captain John Terry is considering taking legal action over the apparent use of his image on cigarette packets in India. The slightly blurred image of the Chelsea defender has appeared as part of anti-smoking warnings created by the government.

world Updated: Jan 04, 2012 13:58 IST
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England captain John Terry is considering taking legal action over the apparent use of his image on cigarette packets in India.

The slightly blurred image of the Chelsea defender has appeared as part of anti-smoking warnings created by the Indian government.

"It's been brought to our attention that an image of our client has been used on some cigarette packaging without our consent or knowledge," Terry's management company said Tuesday in a statement.

"We've now instructed our legal team to investigate this matter."

The Gold Flake cigarette packets with Terry's apparent image were on sale in Delhi on Tuesday.

Gold Flake's manufacturer ITC and Indian government officials could not be reached for comment.

But an ITC official told the Indian Express newspaper that the company had simply used anti-smoking warnings prepared by the Indian government.