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Thursday 21 August 2014

M.I.A. asks Madonna for NFL 'loan'

The NFL wants M.I.A. to pay 16.6 million dollars

M.I.A. has jokingly asked Madonna to lend her money to pay a fine imposed by America's National Football League (NFL).

The British rapper is being pursued by the organisation for 16.6 million US dollars (£9.1 million) after she flipped her middle finger when she joined the Queen of Pop on stage at the Super Bowl in 2012.

She has now tweeted: "@madonna ummm ..... can i borrow 16 million?"

The NFL - who reportedly filed their complaint with the American Arbitration Association - were originally after 1.5 million dollars from M.I.A. for allegedly breaching her contract and tarnishing its reputation, but have now raised it to 16.6 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The extra money is apparently what advertisers would have paid M.I.A. for her two-minute guest appearance alongside Madonna and Nicki Minaj for a performance of Give Me All Your Luvin'.

It claims that it amounts to the cost of any extra exposure the Paper Planes star - who wasn't paid for her Super Bowl appearance - received following the incident.

However, M.I.A.'s response papers said the claim for restitution "lacks any basis in law, fact, or logic".

And the rapper told the arbitrator that the NFL's pursuit is an exercise "intended solely to bully and make an example of Respondents for daring to challenge NFL".

M.I.A. also tweeted a screen shot of a document that seems to show how she can make the payments.

She wrote: "THIS IS WHAT THEY WANT ME TO SIGN , THAT IVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR 2 YEARS ON TOP OF 16 MILLION."

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