Chile to cancel Puma contract after German company blunders with Ghana jersey
Chile FA wants to terminate its apparel sponsorship with Puma after the German sportswear company blundered sending Ghana soccer apparel to the Chilean team in the run-up to the 2014 World Cup.
Black Stars jerseys were sent to the Chileans as they prepared for the tournament in Brazil which delayed their preparations and as a result the South Americans want to cancel their contract with Puma.
Ghana got their needed jerseys for the World Cup intact but it seems Puma manufactured more Ghana apparel which was sent to the Chileans by mistake, says a newspaper report in Chile.
The National Association of Professional Football (ANFP) has filed a claim against Puma in Santiago’s trade chamber, which rules on commercial disputes, El Mercurio, a leading Chile daily, reported, citing lawyers familiar with the claim.
It said the ANFP wants to end its contract with Puma, which is due to run until July 2015 and include next year’s Copa America tournament, which will be held in Chile.
Puma had delivered Chile’s official soccer apparel for the World Cup late and provided articles of clothing made for Ghana’s team.
It also did not conduct adequate marketing and publicity and provided soccer balls in a poor state for the national championship, according to the report.
Puma and the ANFP both declined to comment on the report .
Puma reported second-quarter earnings above expectations last month after sales of World Cup boots and national shirts went better than predicted.
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