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Manchester United have edge over Barcelona

While Manchester United posted operating profits of almost £111m for last season reflecting the club’s commercial growth including £20m per year from shirt sponsorhip Barcelona posted a loss of £70m last season are considering scrapping their shirt deal with the Qatar Foundation.

Manchester United's £80m, 4 year shirt deal was dewalfed by the £146m Barcelona deal.
The fans' opposition to the sponsorship deal with the Qatar Foundation has forced the Barcelona's board to re-think the deal at a meeting on Saturday. The board of the European champions will vote as to whether to scrap the club's £146m sponsorship deal with Qatar Foundation.

Barcelona signed a five-and-a-half year shirt sponsorship deal with the non-profit organisation in December which relegated its UNICEF logo to the back of the shirt.

But the club's decision to cash in on the sponsorship opportunity for the first time in its history has prompted thousands of fans to sign a petition calling for the deal to be scrapped.

Barcelona won the Spanish league and the Champions League last season but despite success on the field are struggling financially.

Clearly if they decide to scrap the deal, it will leave a black hole in their finances and can only be to the advantage of their main rivals for European success.

George Moss

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