He Bayern Munich and the airline Qatar Airways announced this Wednesday in a joint statement that they are ending “by mutual agreement” the sponsorship contract that united them for five years and that had been repeatedly criticized by the fans for the difficult situation of the human rights in Qatar.
Jan Christian Dreesengeneral manager of the German club, declared.
Bayern Munich and Qatar Airways have worked together successfully and have learned from each other. I want to thank Akbar Al Baker, CEO of Qatar Airways, for this. We wish all Qatar Airways employees the best for the future.
For its part, the airline spoke of “a fruitful cooperation during all these years.”
Bayern Munich is a great football club whose matches we have watched with happiness and passion. We wish the team all the best for the future.
Conflict over this controversial sponsorship deal escalated at the 2021 annual general assembly, with some Bayern fans coming out against the sponsorship due to the tense human rights situation in the Persian Gulf country.
Michael Ott, a member of Bayern, then presented a motion asking the club’s board to terminate the contract with Qatar Airways, but was not allowed to speak during the assembly, which was criticized by other members.
The Bayern president finally interrupted the event and his predecessor, Uli Hoeneßlater said of that general assembly that it had been the “worst event” he had ever attended.
(With information from EFE)