No Qatar logo on new FC Barcelona kit
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No Qatar logo on new FC Barcelona kit

No Qatar logo on new FC Barcelona kit

Qatar Airways failed to reach an agreement to extend its sponsorship of the football club


Qatar Airways has not renewed a sponsorship deal with FC Barcelona with the Gulf state’s logo absent from the football club’s new kit.

Barcelona’s current deal with Qatar Airways – worth approximately $40m per year – is due to expire in June.

There were talks about renewing the deal for roughly $90m- $70m per year, but according to reports, the negotiations broke down.

Some reports claim that talks failed because of criticism about Qatar’s treatment of migrant workers in the country.

The club’s new 2016/2017 kit, unveiled by sponsor Nike, sees Barca return to its classic broad vertical blue and red strips.

The style is similar to the model worn by the team in the 1991/92 season, when the club won its first ever European Cup at Wembley.

The new shirt has gone on sale at FCBotigues by fcbarcelona

Barcelona initially entered into a $230m five-year agreement with sovereign wealth fund Qatar Sports Investments in 2011, marking the first time that a paid sponsor’s logo appeared on the team’s shirts in 111 years.

Under the deal, the Barcelona jerseys featured the Qatar Foundation logo for two years, followed by the Qatar Airways logo.

Also read: UAE is biggest investor in European football shirt sponsorship

The Gulf state invests heavily in football and in January this year, signed up as a “platinum” sponsor of German club Bayern Munich.

State-owned Hamad International Airport signed a “long-term” sponsorship contract with the club, officials confirmed. However, no details were disclosed about the value and duration of the deal.

Qatar Sports Investments also owns the Paris Saint-Germain football club.

Also read: Emirati lining up takeover bid for Liverpool FC – report


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