The deal, reported to be worth around £80million over four years, sees United split from American insurance firm AIG.
Aside from giving people the willies with a terrorism heat map that looks like it’s been pinch straight from the set of the latest episode of 24, Aon insures pretty much anything from anything. Need plutonium to arrive in Iran for the next working day? Aon will insure your package against loss and theft. Injured from being pelted with a variety of objects while leaving Old Trafford, riddling it with debt? Aon has you covered.
So, all seems well, right? Well, no. The negotiation of the new sponsorship deal has come in for heavy criticism from Manchester United fans that believe the money from the deal is being siphoned from the club directly into the pockets of its lurid owners.
Consequently, the new Aon sponsored shirts, which are set to go on sale next week in parallel with the beginning of Manchester United’s pre-season tour of the USA and Canada, are being boycotted by a large number of disgruntled fans.
MUST, the Manchester United Supporters Trust, has issued a statement regarding the shirts describing them as wholly symbolic of the Glazer family’s ownership and not of Manchester United’s history and values. The Trust has therefore called for fans to consider the club’s current financial situation before purchasing the shirt.
In spite of MUST’s best efforts, however, their call for a boycott on season tickets appears not to have been heeded. The club, that still remains one of the worlds richest despite its debt, has reported that sales are set to be on a par with the figures of last season.
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