Melbourne Victory scrap deal with ACL sponsor linked to gambling

Melbourne Victory have scrapped all deals with Kaishi Entertainment after removing the would-be sponsor because of its links with online gambling.

Kaishi would have been Victory’s shirt sponsor during their Asian Champions League campaign but the club have removed all arrangements with the Hong Kong-based company.

“The club’s concerns remain that this company has links to online gambling, thus sits outside AFC guidelines and our internal policies, despite their representations otherwise,” Victory said in a statement on Friday.

Victory removed Kaishi’s branding ahead of their ACL opener against Daegu earlier this week.

The club said it would not enter into any agreement with a company involved in the gambling industry.

“A new Champions League front-of-shirt partner will be announced later today,” the club said.

Victory’s next ACL match is in Japan against Sanfrecce next Tuesday night.


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