‘Liverpool ends controversial sponsorship deal with Tibet Water’

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Premier League club Liverpool have dropped the controversial sponsorship deal with Tibet Water.

The top flight Premier League club has parted ways with the controversial Chinese brand, sportspromedia.com has reported. Free Tibet, a London-based organisation fighting for Tibet’s freedom from the Chinese occupation, has confirmed in a tweet that Liverpool have dropped the sponsorship. The club, however, has not made an official announcement.

The club has been facing protests and was subjected to various campaigns ever since the signing of the deal in July last year to designate Tibet water as club’s regional water partner in China.

Campaigns against the deal had asked Liverpool “to stand with Tibet” and terminate the sponsorship contract.

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In April this year, 25 Members of British Parliament have sent a letter to Liverpool Football Club, raising concerns about their controversial agreement with Tibet Water Resources Limited. “TWRL is only able to take resources from Tibet because the brutal Chinese military occupation allows it to — it owes its profits to the repression, torture and denial of political freedoms that have become commonplace there,” the MPs had written to Liverpool.

Tibet Water Resources Limited was accused of exploiting the natural resources of Tibet with the help of the Chinese military occupation. Protesting groups have been questioning Liverpool FC for signing the sponsorship deal with the company.

In October last year, a petition calling for Liverpool to scrap the deal citing the ‘repression, torture and denial of political freedoms’ in Tibet received over 80,000 signatures, while the tie-up was also the target of protests.

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