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Osasuna mulls Kirolbet deal termination following fan backlash

Roberto Torres of CA Osasuna celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's second goal during the LaLiga match against FC Barcelona (by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Spanish LaLiga football club Osasuna has said it will explore means of exiting its shirt sponsorship deal with Kirolbet amid criticism from fans over the association with the bookmaker.

The Pamplona-based club has a contract with Kirolbet which is due to run through to 2021, but the sponsorship featured on the agenda of Osasuna’s ordinary general assembly on Sunday.

Local newspaper Diario de Navarra said numerous speakers took to the floor to express their unease at the partnership.

President Luis Sabalza said: “The contract with Kirolbet ends in 2021. If the assembly so wishes, we will open 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. This could lead us to court if no agreement is reached.”

Osasuna chief executive Fran Canal sought to answer the criticism by stating sponsorship deals with betting firms are commonplace in Spanish football. He said Osasuna’s junior teams do not carry the branding, while from the 2020-21 season fans will be able to wear shirts without the Kirolbet logo.

Canal added: “Forty-one of the 42 teams that make up the Professional Football League (LFP) have this type of sponsorship. The board of directors will sit down with Kirolbet to address a possible exit and termination of the contract.”