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SBD/October 10, 2012/Marketing and Sponsorship
EPL Club Newcastle's Shirt Deal With Wonga Said To Be Worth At Least $12.8M Annually
Published October 10, 2012
A MATTER OF FAITH: In London, Martin Hardy notes Newcastle's deal with Wonga was “engulfed in fresh controversy last night when the club's Muslim players were warned that wearing the new shirts would infringe Sharia law.” Under Sharia law, a Muslim is “not allowed to benefit from lending money or receiving money from someone.” Former La Liga club Seville F Frédéric Kanouté “refused to wear the 888.com logo of the gambling website” when he was with team “because of his religious beliefs.” He was “allowed to play games for Seville with an unbranded shirt but had to wear the logo on his training equipment” (London INDEPENDENT, 10/10).
RISING CRITICISM: The FINANCIAL TIMES’ Chris Tighe noted the Wonga deal “unleashed a wave of criticism.” The news “provoked an immediate response from R3, the insolvency industry trade body, politicians and trade unions” (FINANCIAL TIMES, 10/9). In London, Burrows & Caulkin noted English FA General Secretary Alex Horne “reiterated the association’s desire to prevent ‘inappropriate’ companies becoming sponsors.” He said, “The leagues have clear rules about certain inappropriate advertising for children. We are talking to the leagues on Friday about it” (LONDON TIMES, 10/9).
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