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I reported on here last year about Barcelona’s decision to give up the sacred ground on the front of their famous red and blue shirts to Unicef. In spite of considerable reading on the subject, the most that anyone could come up with was thew conjecture that Barca were just softening up their supporters for the idea of having a sponsors name on the shirts, even though there was nothing to back up that theory. This week, though, a club in the Premier League has opted to go down the same path, with the announcement that Aston Villa will be giving away the speace on the front of their shirts to the Acorns Childrens’ Hospice in Birmingham, giving the charitable a considerable source of advertising and, one would hope, revenue for at least the next few months. Villa have been involved with them for some time, and the decision will cost them an estimated £2m in sponsorship money. It seems scarcely believable that, in an age of seemingly unbridled greed and naked monetarism, that a Premier League football club would make such a decision, but I’ve checked, checked and checked again, and there doesn’t seem to be a down side to the deal.
It’s something that Doug Ellis wouldn’t have done in a thousand lifetimes.
Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.