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Bayern striker Lewandowski gives up ‘a lot of money’ to end sponsorship deal with alleged Russian supporters Huawei

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has ended a sponsorship deal with Huawei, giving up “a lot of money” in the process, representatives of the Poland international have confirmed. GOAL and SPOX.

The Chinese tech company is said to have helped Russia secure its network against cyberattacks following an invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

Lewandowski was a global brand ambassador for Huawei, his profile helping the company expand its reach in Europe, but he has now severed all ties and walked away from a deal that could cost him around 5 million euros (£4m/$5m). .

What was said?

Max Bielefeld, who works for the agency that manages Lewandowski’s sporting and business interests, said GOAL and SPOX: “The issue is very important to Robert and therefore he was ready to act very decisively and give up a lot of money.”

The 33-year-old’s adviser, Tomasz Zawislak, also told AFP news agency: “Today we took the decision to end the marketing cooperation between Robert Lewandowski and the Huawei brand.”

He added that “the implementation of all advertising services on our part” will be suspended, but he did not give an official reason for this action.

The bigger picture

Lewandowski has spoken out in favor of Ukraine since a Russian invasion of the nation was sanctioned by Vladimir Putin.

He donned a blue and yellow captain’s armband when he entered the pitch for Bayern against Eintracht Frankfurt on February 26.

The prolific Polish leader also publicly backed his country’s decision to boycott the World Cup play-off semi-final with Russia which was due to take place on March 24.

That game has since been erased from the calendar following an announcement by FIFA and UEFA that Russian teams – domestic and domestic – would be banned from continental and global competition until further notice.

Lewandowski posted on social media: “It’s the right decision!”

“I cannot imagine playing a match with the Russian national team in a situation where armed aggression in Ukraine continues.

“Russian footballers and fans are not responsible for this, but we cannot pretend that nothing is happening.”

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