Newcastle Accept FA Charge Over U18 Shirt Sponsor
Newcastle United have accepted an FA charge for their U18 side’s shirt sponsorship, Sky Sports News understands.
They were charged for featuring FUN88’s logo on shirts worn by youth team players.
The offence is in breach of the FA’s kit and advertising regulations that state “services and related activities such as alcohol and gambling” cannot be worn by U18 teams.
China-based FUN88 replaced payday loans company Wonga as Newcastle’s shirt sponsor last summer in a deal thought to worth about £8m a year.
In May 2017, Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley said the deal would “enhance our respective global profiles” over the three-year contract.
He added: “It was important for us to find the right partner and in FUN88, we have a shirt sponsor that understands the club and brings significant benefits commercially.