FC Bayern Munich is apparently about to extend the sponsorship deal with Qatar Airways, which is due to expire this summer. As the AZ reported, both the record champions and the state airline from Qatar want to extend the contract.
So far, Qatar Airways has paid around 25 million euros a year. The report does not indicate whether this total has changed. However, the bosses of FC Bayern should set conditions for social projects in Qatar. However, the signs would be positive that there would be an extension.
Around the annual general meeting there were violent protests from some members and fans last year. The club’s organized fan scene has repeatedly criticized the partnership because they believe FC Bayern can be paid for lobbying. On the other hand, the people from Munich always justified the deal by being on site in talks about positive changes.
Among other things, Qatar has been criticized for not respecting basic human rights and for using sport to gain a better reputation in the western world while at the same time making important contacts in order to protect itself externally. In addition, the emirate has been repeatedly accused of financing terrorism in the past.
FC Bayern has been attending training camps in Qatar for years. Qatar Airways has also been one of eight so-called platinum partners of the club since 2018. The previous contract would expire at the end of June. Herbert Hainer announced talks at the beginning of the year and Uli Hoeneß also spoke out in favor of an extension several times.