Aeroflot Releases Old Trafford Images
Aeroflot has released a series of images of Manchester United’s home stadium as shown from overhead as part of its sponsorship agreement with the club.
The Russian airline has launched the “Old Trafford From Above Collection.” The first images released include a time-lapse film and were taken prior to Manchester United’s match against Arsenal.
The club’s official carrier since July, Aeroflot’s responsibilities as sponsor include travel advice and charter services.
World Cup Could Draw Demonstrators
FIFA is making it clear well in advance of next year’s World Cup that it should not be held responsible for protests in Brazil.
FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke told Reuters, “I think it is too easy to put the blame of what happened in the streets in Brazil in June on FIFA or the World Cup.”
The Confederations Cup, a two-week test event held by World Cup hosts a year in advance, was marred by marches featuring over a million protesters in more than 100 cities.
The marchers were outraged that the country is spending $14 billion on the World Cup when schools, hospitals, and roads are in need of funds.
Valcke called the June tournament the “perfect platform” for protests, and said similar conditions will exist for the World Cup.
“If you look at what the World Cup brought to South Africa,” he said, “it made a real difference.”
STC Renews with Manchester United
Elsewhere in Manchester United news, the Premier League giant has renewed a partnership with a Saudi-based telecommunications company.
STC agreed to a five-year sponsorship extension with the club. It’s title now changes as well, from “Official Telecommunications Partner” to “Official Triple Play Partner.” The deal covers Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Kuwait, as well as Turkey for the first year.
As part of the deal, STC will carry United’s TV station, MUTV, in the Gulf region with the option to distribute it on TV, online, and through mobile.