|© Nico Rosberg
The governing body of football played spoilsport disallowing Nico Rosberg to celebrate Germany’s success in the recently-concluded World Cup at this weekend’s German Grand Prix.
The championship leader, who was jokingly questioned about his nationality by teammate Lewis Hamilton, intended to sport a special edition helmet for his home race in tribute to the efforts of the German national team in Brazil.
But FIFA raised objections with the 29-year-old depicting the trophy on the helmet at Hockenheim claiming an infringement of its intellectual property rights as per its strict guidelines that seek to protect its brand.
Georg Nolte, Rosberg’s public relations manager, mentioned on his Twitter page that the helmet will be updated without the trophy.
"Any unauthorised use of the official marks not only undermines the integrity of the FIFA world cup and its marketing programme," says FIFA, "but also puts the interests of the worldwide football community at stake."