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Leicester City notebook: $40 million deal repercussions, Nottingham Forest attack, contract confirmation

Leicester City notebook:  million deal repercussions, Nottingham Forest attack, contract confirmation

Leicester City will receive $40 million (£31.2 million) from cryptocurrency casino BC.Game for their shirt sponsorship rights – but the fallout from the deal continues.

While City described their partnership with BC.Game as “lucrative,” they did not disclose how much they would earn. But in a press release published on several Bitcoin websites, the online betting company said the two-season deal is worth $40 million.




The money involved and the potential to invest in transfers may appease some supporters, but there has been vocal opposition to the deal from fans’ groups, and now former players too. Former City goalkeeper Peter Shilton, who has battled gambling addiction, said he was “very disappointed” with the decision, with City icon Gary Lineker agreeing with his former England team-mate. Fans’ group Foxes Trust said in a statement that the deal was a “step away from the club’s reputation as a ‘well-run family club'”.

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It is yet another thorny issue in what is shaping up to be a troubled summer for City and their relationship with supporters. This week, fans group Union FS released a list of questions they want the club to answer about the £25 fee for a physical season ticket card.

In what was the first major issue of the summer, the club, in an effort to move fans towards digital ticket sales, said there would be a fee for any season ticket holder who wanted a physical card, despite many supporters already having one. The backlash prompted the club to announce that the £25 charge would all go to charity.

Union FS have now published a list of questions they hope will be answered by the club about when and where the charity payments will be made. But they say they have so far been met with “radio silence”.