Puma Offers Sponsorship Deal to Iran Pro League
The managing director of Puma in Iran Mohammad Ali Donyagard says the German company is interested in sponsoring football events in Iran. Puma, Nike and Adidas were forced to pull out from Iranian markets during the recent years.
“I have negotiated with the top officials of Puma over supplying balls to Iran Pro League. Accordingly Puma is ready to provide free balls to IPL. We have submitted our offer to Iran Football Federation in this regard,” Mohammad Ali Donyagard announced in a press-conference on Monday.
Currently, Uhlsport is the official sponsor of Iran national football team. Uhlsport is the kit manufacturer of 9 clubs in Iran. Esteghlal, Persepolis and Sepahan are among the most famous Iranian clients of Uhlsport. This company also manufactures the official ball of IPL. Coaches and players have recently raised questions about low-quality balls supplied by Uhlsport.
“As mentioned, we are interested in assisting Iran Football Federation. Puma was the kit manufacturer of Team Melli in a few matches, but the high-ranking officials of Puma asked us to terminate sponsorship deal with Iran Football Federation to comply with international regulations,” Donyagard reiterated the good faith of Puma.
European and American companies with the exception of humanitarian institutions are banned from transacting with Iran-based organizations due to the existing sanctions on Iran over the country’s nuclear activities.
“I personally intend to promote football in Iran. I’m not looking for my own interests in this deal, but the reputation of Iran national football team is so important for me at this time.” Mohammad Ali Donyagard concluded.
The German-based company, Puma, doesn’t sponsor any Iranian teams at the moment. Seyyed Mehdi Rahmati, the goalkeeper of Esteghlal, is the only player in Iran sponsored by Puma. Rahmati wears gloves, boots and shirts manufactured by Puma. However, Uhlsport has repeatedly urged Rahmati to stop using Puma products.