November 10, 2008

Potential West Ham sponsor in match-fixing prob

English West Ham United football club is in advanced negotiations with betting company SBOBet regarding an 18-month contract for shirt sponsorship worth around GBP 2 million.

Philippines-based SBOBet is one of the companies in the center of the Football Association's match-fixing investigation regarding the October 4 match between Norwich City and Derby County.

SBOBet have refused to cooperate with the FA and provide trading information related to the match, deeming such a move is an "excessive" breach of customer privacy.

The deal is due to replace the previous three-year shirt sponsor arrangement with XL, worth GBP 2.5 million per season, which fell through after one year due to the collapse of the company.

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