Emirates to continue sponsoring Qatar-owned club Paris Saint-Germain till 2019

Dubai: Dubai's Emirates airline confirmed Thursday it would sponsor the shirts of Qatar-owned Paris Saint-Germain until 2019, despite a regional crisis which has seen the UAE cut ties with Doha.

PSG's Edison Cavani, left, and PSG's Layvin Kurzawa celebrate after scoring against Amiens during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Amiens at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

File image of PSG's Edison Cavani and Layvin Kurzawa. Emirates started sponsoring the side since 2006. AP

Emirates' announcement comes less than a week after Brazilian football phenomenon Neymar transferred from Barcelona to the French club for a world record 222 million euros ($264 million), paid for by Qatar.

"Emirates has a sponsorship contract with the French football club PSG until 2019. So far the club has fulfilled its full obligations and we see no reason to terminate the contract," a spokesman for the airline told AFP.

On 5 June, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut all ties with Qatar over allegations the Gulf emirate bankrolled Islamist extremists and was too close to Shiite Iran, Saudi Arabia's regional archrival.

Qatar has denied the allegations.

Analysts have said the transfer of Neymar may aim to divert public attention away from the political crisis engulfing Qatar.

PSG players have worn jerseys sponsored by Emirates, which is owned by the Dubai government, since 2006.

Emirates Airlines has partnerships with AC Milan, Real Madrid and Arsenal.

Published Date: Aug 10, 2017 05:30 pm | Updated Date: Aug 10, 2017 05:32 pm

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