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Arsenal under fire amid Rwandan ties and troubling internal issues


The Arsenal in the firing line for the renewal of the sponsorship of Visit Rwanda and the human rights violations in the country

Arsenal under fire for renewal of sponsorship

Although Arsenal can get back on track in the Premier League after successive 1-0 wins against Norwich and Burnley after three losses at the top, the Gunners face further criticism as the club made the decision to renew your sponsorship agreement with Visit. Rwanda.

What reported by Football.LondonArsenal have once again stepped up their lucrative deal with Rwanda’s tourism board which estimates that the East African nation of 12.6 million people will pay the North London team more than £ 10 million a year.

While this helps keep Arsenal in good financial standing, the fact is, and is cited in the article mentioned above, that the Republic of Rwanda is indeed one of the poorest nations in the world, with a GDP of just $ 900 per capita.

On the surface alone, the view of a nation with long-standing financial problems racking up millions of pounds annually to a sports giant hardly looks good on its own. But there are even bigger concerns related to the link between Arsenal and the nation led by Paul Kagame.

Long-standing human rights violations

“It is a controlling, repressive and sinister regime. There is a good development history, they have earned brownie points for controlling Covid. But does Arsenal want to be connected to a country with that profile and that reputation? ” Michela Wrong [quote from Football.London]

Rwanda has a deeply disturbing story with regard to human rights violations, as well as executions of political prisoners and opposition leaders, and civil war.

These concerns came to a head recently when the British Foreign Office called on the current Kagame government to “carry out transparent, credible and independent investigations into allegations of extrajudicial executions, deaths in custody, enforced disappearances and torture, and bring the perpetrators to justice. ” . “

The current and long-standing situation in the African nation has prompted the Arsenal Supporters Trust to intervene strongly;

“AST has questioned the morality of this trade agreement since it was first announced in 2018. Rwanda is one of the poorest countries in the world and receives foreign financial aid from many countries, including the UK. For whatever reason, a deal like this is hard to justify, and claims of sportswashing by a regime that is coming under increasing scrutiny are hard to disprove.

Sadly, Arsenal appear to have lost their moral compass in their desire to maximize revenue and in the absence of any ESG. [environmental, social and governance] In the club, nasty deals like this will remain unchecked. “

The Arsenal in the firing line for the renewal of the sponsorship of Visit Rwanda and the human rights violations in the country

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And in a period where so many aspects in and around Arsenal remain divisive under the KSE-owned banner, this is another issue where the way the club’s hierarchy navigates potentially troublesome waters is paramount to the optics. around your property and how things are progressing in a long-term approach.


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