Peyton Manning may have been criticized for the manner in which he lost his battle with the Seattle Seahawks at the Super Bowl last Sunday, but it’s younger brother Eli who seems to have landed himself in the deepest water.

According to reports in the New York Post, collectors are suing both Eli Manning and the New York Giants for selling off bogus ‘match-worn’ memorabilia and passing it off as the real thing.

It’s alleged that there are dozens of fake items which have been created and then sold on by Manning and the Giants in order to fool fans and swindle thousands of dollars from collectors.

Super Bowl helmets, supposed match-worn jerseys and a rookie season helmet are all included in a host of items on documents handed to the court. So far the Giants have vehemently denied the accusations, and intend on fighting their case in court.

A statement from the franchise read: “This suit is completely without any merit whatsoever and we will defend it vigorously. We will not otherwise comment on pending litigation.”

Manning was also quick to declare his intentions to go head to head with the collectors, and may well win given how notoriously difficult it is to prove that the memorabilia in question is actually fake.

“The Giants told me this suit is completely without merit and I have no reason to believe otherwise,” Manning said. “The Giants are going to fight it and so will I.”

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