EPL Arsenal fans "have been campaigning to get the club to end its association with a Vietnamese rubber firm which has been accused of human rights abuses," according to the BBC. Campaign group Global Witness claims the HAGL (Hoang Anh Gia Lai) Group "is guilty of land grabbing and human rights abuse in Laos and Cambodia." An online petition set up by an Arsenal fan "has attracted more than 1,600 signatures." Arsenal said: "We have no formal academy partnership with HAGL." Arsenal added, "HAGL were our partners for the game in Hanoi." HAGL has said its business is "fully compliant with local law" (BBC, 8/13).
After reports that its deal with three Russian investors is falling through, the Sauber F1 Team said that "money has already been received," according to Stefan Meier of BLICK. Sauber also said that the contract with 17-year-old Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin "has been signed." The Swiss-based team said, "The announced collaboration with our Russian partners is on the way. The contract with driver Sergey Sirotkin has been signed." In addition, the team "has given a little insight into the deal's financial details." It said, "the first contractual guaranteed payments to the team have been received" (BLICK, 8/14).