Adidas agrees to remain FIFA sponsor

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LONDON: Adidas says it has agreed to continue sponsoring FIFA despite concerns about the crisis engulfing world football’s governing body.

Sepp Blatter, who was re-elected as FIFA president on Wednesday, spoke to key sponsors about the bribery scandal which saw two executive committee members suspended.

In a statement to The Associated Press, Adidas says it “enjoys a long term partnership with FIFA as a sponsor and supplier around their events at all levels of the game and we have agreed to continue this partnership.”

But the sportswear giant added: “We hope that FIFA will do its best to reach clarity on the allegations soon.”

Adidas repeated its assertion that “the negative tenor of the public debate around FIFA at the moment is neither good for football nor for FIFA including its partners.”