Churchill sponsors threatens to cut ties

Last Updated: Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 18:37

Kolkata: The sponsors of Churchill Brothers
today said they would scrap their deal with the reigning
I-League champions if molestation allegations against their
players were found to be true.

"If Churchill players are found guilty, we will not
hesitate to withdraw the sponsorship. If they were proved
innocents, we will continue our association," Managing
Director of Kunnath Pharmaceuticals T K Abraham told PTI from
Goa.

He was in Goa to talk to the officials of Churchill
Brothers. "We would act depending on the outcome of the case,"
he said.

"Having come to know about the incident from media, we
have come to Goa. We are meeting with Churchill officials
today to know their version of what happened," he said.

Churchill Brothers president Joaquim Alemao however ruled
out reports that their main sponsor was parting ways.

Alemao said: "Nobody from Kunnath Pharmaceuticals has
contacted me yet. These are baseless reports. Why should it
affect sponsorship? It`s a small incident and our players have
already got bail."

He said they would soon file a defamation suit against
the airline. "We will let you know very soon," he said.

The reigning I-League inked a record breaking sponsorship
deal with Kunnath Pharmaceuticals, manufacturers of Musli
Power X-tra, with the lucrative sponsorship amounting to
be in excess of Rs 5 crore annually. (Nigerian duo of Odafe Okolie and Ogba Kalu Nnanna and
Bengal`s Arindam Bhattacharya were arrested on January 5 after
they allegedly tried to molest an airhostess in a Spice Jet
Kolkata-bound flight.

The team was off-loaded in Mumbai airport and were
detained till 2 am yesterday before the trio was bailed out.

The team arrived in the city last afternoon to play their
I-League match against Mohun Bagan.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010 - 18:37

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