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Panze! FC Schalke 04 separates from Gazprom

The FC Schalke 04 separates because of the Russian attack on Ukraine from his longtime main sponsor Gazprom. This confirmed the royal blue on Monday.

The Management Board and the Supervisory Board were in conversations with representatives of the energy company, it was said in the official association announcement.

Further information wants to be announced Schalke “in due time”.

The Revier Club also shared with: “The full financial capacity of the association remains unaffected by this decision. The club management is confident to present a new partner in a timely manner.”

FC Schalke 04 conceded up to ten million euros from Gazprom

Gazprom had acted on Schalke since 2007 as the main sponsor and is allegedly pumped up to ten million euros per year in the association – one mainly for the 2nd Bundesliga exorbitant sum. Finally, it was said that the scarce had even shrinked in the rise case even 20 million euros per year.

The pressure on the club leadership, the contract still ongoing contract, had increased more and more in the last few days.

Gazprom is a majority owned by the Russian state. Indirectly, the company is thus also involved in the financing of the attack war of ruler Vladimir Putin in Ukraine.

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At the away game against Karlsruher SC on Saturday (1: 1), the S04 professionals had already launched without the Gazprom lettering on the hatchet breast. Instead, there was simply “Schalke 04” to read there.

Corresponding Jerseys are now also sold in the online fan shop. Demand was so great on Monday that the shop was even overloaded and not achieved in the meantime.

How Schalke wants to close the resulting financial gap through the Gazprom-out now remains open. A new main sponsor is likely to pay significantly less money.

DFL Supervisory Board Hans-Joachim Watzke, who is also Managing Director of Borussia Dortmund, had brought into a solidarity pot for the arch rivals of BVB in the ZDF “Management Boards Studio”.