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Pressure from DC Comics forces Valencia to abandon new logo

Spanish Liga football club Valencia has been forced to drop a new version of its bat logo after US publishing group DC Comics said it was too similar to its Batman symbol.

Valencia said it had applied for a copyright for a new design of the bat that forms part of its club crest, but decided to discard it after DC Comics “presented its opposition to the request.” The club added that DC Comics has not taken legal action against it, but said it no longer has “plans to use” the new design.

The bat has formed part of Valencia’s crest since 1922, while the Batman comic first appeared in 1939.

Valencia said in a statement: “For purposes of clarification, a bat has been incorporated into the club's official crest since 1922. The official crest and the bat have been trademark registered worldwide and their use has not been subject to any legal challenge.”

Valencia currently sits fourth in the Liga table, six points behind leader Real Madrid. The club is poised for a significant cash injection with Singapore businessman Peter Lim closing in on finalising his long-running takeover bid after a sales and purchase agreement was signed last month.