Sunday, 12th December 2010

Barcelona coach Josep Guardiola has said he supports the club’s decision to agree a shirt sponsorship deal with the Qatar Foundation. Despite the group being a non-profit organisation, the Qatar Foundation will still pay the Camp Nou giants €30M per season to have their names on the famous jersey.

Many Blaugrana fans saw the move coming after Barcelona began to wear the charity UNICEF’s name on their shirts, even though the Catalans paid the charity for the right to do so.

"When a team with a hundred odd years of history breaks a tradition, there is sure to be a normal debate" said Guardiola, before explaining that he understood that the deal was needed to ensure "economic stability."

The Barcelona boss also defended Qatar against accusations that the country is a closed regime, stating that "it is more open than people think."


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