maydrakin Posted August 10, 2013 Share Posted August 10, 2013 If this sort of thing actually happened, then someone at Man Utd needs to take a long hard look at themselves... http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/a-league/manchester-united-almost-refused-to-play-against-a-league-all-stars-over-sponsorship-conflict/story-e6frf4gl-1226690844993#.Uf4UK2Q-sdhweb MANCHESTER United's recent visit to Sydney almost became one of the biggest embarrassments in Australia's sporting history. Just an hour before kick-off, the game was in danger of being abandoned over a sponsorship row involving soft drink giants Pepsi and Coca-Cola. ANZ Stadium officials have confirmed Manchester United refused to take the field until Coke signs were removed from the giant screens. Not an easy task considering Coke is one of the stadium's major backers and have poured in millions of dollars in recent years. Arch-rivals Pepsi recently signed a multi-million dollar deal with the Red Devils which created the problem. The issue wasn't solved until 7.40pm - just 20 minutes before kick-off when Manchester United agreed to accept Mount Franklin water, another Coca-Cola Amatil product, on the big screens. "Man U's commercial department threatened that the team would not run out if the Cola-Cola sign stayed on the big screen," an ANZ Stadium spokesman confirmed. "It wasn't discovered until the team arrived at the ground." All this was happening behind the scenes as 80,000 fans and corporates began arriving at the venue. An FFA insider confirmed: "There was a fairly heated discussion which involved FFA as well. "The odd part is that there were lots of Man U people at the stadium three nights earlier for State of Origin and nothing was said about the signs. "They could hardly say they were caught by surprise." This isn't the first corporate clash at Sydney's Olympic venue. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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