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Political conflict in Gulf, Emirates ends FIFA sponsorship

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

Emirates said on Monday it was ending its sponsorship of FIFA.

"Emirates can confirm that a decision has been made not to renew the sponsorship agreement with FIFA past 2014," the Dubai-based airline said in a statement on Monday.

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The announcement came a year after Emirates emerged as the most vocal of the soccer body's sponsors in expressing concern about FIFA's corruption scandals involving disgraced FIFA executive committee member and then Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohammed Bin Hammam, a Qatari national, and question marks about the integrity of the successful Russian and Qatari bids to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Moreover, the United Arab Emirates has also joined Bahrain in pulling out of the 2015 men's World Handball Championships in Qatar in an apparent political boycott. The International Handball Federation announced the latest withdrawal Monday without giving a reason.

The UAE, like Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, recalled their ambassadors from Doha in March to protest Qatari support for Islamist groups across the region.

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