Osasuna fans demand that football club drops KirolBet as partner

La Liga football club CA Osasuna is being pressured to end its relationship with shirt sponsor KirolBet.

At the Pamplona club’s ‘public assembly’, Osasuna’s membership passed the decree that the club should terminate all agreements with ‘compromising partners’.

The assembly saw numerous members speak out against KirolBet as shirt sponsor, stating that Navarra’s biggest football team should not be sponsored by a gambling enterprise.

Club President Luis Sabalza would respond to the assembly, stating that Osasuna governance had begun discussions with Grupo Kirol seeking an early termination to KirolBet’s sponsorship, which will formally end in 2021.

“If the assembly so wishes, we will dialogue with Kirolbet, but we must bear in mind that, in the event of a voluntary termination, we would have to pay compensation that is not quantified,” Sabalza detailed to Osasuna supporters.

“This could give us take to court if no agreement is reached. We will talk about what the sovereign body wants.”

Speaking against Osasuna’s membership decree, Club Chief Executive Fran Canal reminded supporters of Kirolbet’s financial importance as shirt sponsor.

Canal underlined that Osasuna had made a number of adjustments to compromise Kirolbet as shirt sponsor, which had seen the bookmaker’s logo withdrawn across it lower team categories.

Furthermore, Canal maintains that Osasuna gives fans the chance to purchase its kit without the bookmaker’s logo.

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