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Barcelona confirm sponsorship deal

Barcelona's £150m shirt sponsorship deal with the non-profit Qatar Foundation was approved by members at a general assembly on Saturday by a large margin as commercial revenues are fundamental to the long term survival of the debt ridden Spanish giants.

The club signed the largest shirt sponsorship deal in football last December in a five-and-a-half year deal but the decision to do the deal did not go down well with everybody.

The Catalans has previously prided themselves on not having a sponsor on their shirts. The first time Barcalona carried a logo on the front of their shirts was from 2006 to 2011 when the charity Unicef adorned the red and blue shirt..

But club members unanimously accepted the shirt sponsorship deal at a general assembly late on Saturday night, with 697 votes in favour of keeping the deal, 76 against and 36 abstentions.

The Qatar Foundation, founded in 1995, has set up projects focusing on education, scientific research and community development, mainly in the Middle East.

George Moss

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