Sep 24, 2019
Liverpool FC kitwear supplier takes legal action against the club
New Balance is taking legal action against Liverpool, in a last-ditch attempt to prevent the English Premier League football club from signing a lucrative new shirt manufacturing deal with US sportswear giant Nike. Liverpool, which last season won the Champions League, Europe's most prestigious club competition, has a deal with Boston-headquartered New Balance which expires at the end of May 2020 and is worth an estimated £50m a year. Liverpool was ready to sign a new long-term kitwear agreement with Nike worth about £70m a year, according to multiple reports. On Tuesday, Liverpool said: "We can confirm that our kit supplier, New Balance, has commenced a legal dispute against the club. We will not be making any further comment during these legal proceedings." "Nike declined to comment. Representatives for New Balance did not immediately respond to requests for comment. But in a statement to The Athletic, the sports news site which first reported the news of the legal action, New Balance said:"As a long-standing and committed sponsor, we are keen to continue our strong partnership with Liverpool Football Club and renew our agreement in 2020.
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