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Kahn says talks with Qatari sponsors will take place after World Cup

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 15 Oct 2022

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Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn has pledged the club “will find a solution” amid continuing criticism of the Bundesliga champions’ commercial tie-up with Qatar Airways.

This is reportedly the final season in Bayern’s five-year deal with the Qatari state-owned business, which serves as the German club’s official airline partner.

Many Bayern club members have called for an end to the relationship, citing concerns over human rights standards in the country that will host the upcoming World Cup.

Those views were raised at last year’s annual general meeting, and the subject was also prominent at the 2022 Bayern AGM on Saturday, but Kahn said there would be no talks held with the sponsor until after the Qatar 2022 finals.

Bayern staged a Qatar-specific roundtable event at the Allianz Arena in July that featured contributions from Kahn and Bayern president Herbert Hainer, plus others including World Cup committee chief Hassan Al-Thawadi and Qatar’s ambassador in Berlin, Abdulla bin Mohammed bin Saud Al-Thani.

Updating members on Saturday, Kahn said: “Some fans – and I respect that – are very critical of the cooperation with Qatar Airways. That’s why we have met with committed members several times since the AGM and exchanged views.

“Next meetings have already been arranged. We remain in dialogue. And that is very important to me.”

Quoted on Bayern’s website, Kahn added: “We will continue to discuss the subject intensively with our partner Qatar Airways after the World Cup. We will weigh everything up and we will find a solution for FC Bayern.”

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