New Delhi: West Bromwich Albion could soon have an Indian company as their main shirt sponsors, a senior club official said on Tuesday.
The officials of the club, now placed 13th in the EPL, are in India and holding talks with several top companies. The club’s current shirt sponsors, Zoopla, decided not to renew their deal, following an outcry over an anti-Semitic gesture made by West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka during a league match last month.
“We are looking for an Indian shirt sponsorů We have meetings lined up with some companies here,” said Adrian Wright, the club’s sales and marketing director. Sources said the club have approached at least four top corporate houses for sponsorships. Asked about the controversial circumstances under which the current sponsors have decided to quit, Wright said: “They had a two-year contract with us. At the end of two years, the sponsors have decided not to extend it.”
Established in 1878, West Brom could be the second EPL club to have an Indian shirt sponsor. The Pune-based Indian company VH Group bought Blackburn Rovers in 2010.