Norwich ends kit sponsor deal with BK8 after backlash from fans

The gambling company's sexually provocative images of women were highlighted on social media, sparking a backlash from fans.

Norwich asked BK8 to remove the posts and on Thursday apologised to its supporters for any offence caused.   -  REUTERS

Premier League club Norwich City on Thursday ended its partnership with kit sponsor BK8 following supporters' criticism of the Asian betting company's provocative marketing material online.

Norwich, which won the second-tier Championship last season to qualify for the top flight, had announced BK8 as its new shirt sponsor on Monday for the 2021-22 season.

After the deal was announced, the gambling company's sexually provocative images of women were highlighted on social media, sparking a backlash from fans.

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Norwich asked BK8 to remove the posts and on Thursday apologised to its supporters for any offence caused.

"On this occasion, we made an error of judgement. Our standards were not at the levels we demand of our football club," said chief operating officer Ben Kensell.

"We remain highly committed to diversity and equality across our football club and its community."

There was no immediate reaction from BK8.

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