Premier League newcomers Norwich have terminated their commercial deal with betting firm BK8 Sports amid outrage over sexually provocative marketing content.
The Sky Bet Championship winners announced on Monday the lucrative partnership with the Asian company, whose name would have been emblazoned on the club’s shirts next season.
However, following an outcry over imagery used in social media posts, the Canaries and their new principal partner have agreed to end their association by mutual consent and the club have apologised for “an error of judgement”.
Club statement on BK8.
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) June 10, 2021
A statement on the club’s official website said: “Norwich City can announce the mutual termination of the club’s commercial partnership with BK8.
“The club and BK8 have taken on board feedback from its supporters and partners, and after continued discussions we have agreed to immediately end the partnership.”
Chief operating officer Ben Kensell added: “We have worked hard to build trust and engagement through our countless initiatives with our supporters and partners. We place huge value on our open and honest relationships with our community and supporters.
“As a self-financed club, there is always a fine balance between generating the revenue levels required to help maintain that model, while working within our visions and values.
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— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) June 7, 2021
“On this occasion, we made an error of judgement. Our standards were not at the levels we demand of our football club.
“We can now only apologise to our supporters and former players, Grant Holt and Darren Eadie, who were across the BK8 promotional launch campaign, for any offence caused.
“We remain highly committed to diversity and equality across our football club and its community. We want to continue to embed a highly inclusive culture across the club, together with an accessible and welcoming environment free of demeaning and discriminatory behaviours.”