By Kieran Maguire

4th Nov, 2022 | 10:59am

Kieran Maguire accuses politicians of point scoring as £40m-a-year Tottenham deal on the line

Tottenham partner AIA’s support of a bill that allegedly threatens democracy and human rights in Hong Kong is no worse than cryptocurrency or gambling sponsorship in football.

That is the view of finance guru Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about calls for Spurs to ditch the insurance firm as their front-of-shirt sponsor.

Spurs have been partnered with AIA since 2013 and the latest instalment of the deal is worth a total of £320million over eight years.

The Chinese company has been slated by human rights campaigners for its public and unequivocal support of Hong Kong’s national security law introduced amid pro-democracy demonstrations in 2020.

The historic protests led directly to 15 deaths, while thousands more were arrested.

“There was a rapid deterioration in the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, expression and association as the Hong Kong authorities increasingly adopted mainland China’s vague and all-encompassing definition of national security,” according to Amnesty International.

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A source told Football Insider on Tuesday (2 November) that Tottenham are unlikely to drop AIA despite calls to do so from the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hong Kong.

Maguire claims that the links are “tenuous” and that the controversy is an example of political point scoring.

There are always people trying to make political capital in respect of activities around the world,” he told Football Insider’s Adam Williams.

Sometimes these links are quite tenuous as far as the football industry is concerned. This would appear to be the case with Tottenham’s AIA shirt deal.

Spurs are in a very strong position when it comes to negotiating for their next front-of-shirt deal.

Everyone can point fingers and throw darts at sponsors if they so desire.

The AIA deal compare to some of the crypto and gambling sponsors from a moral or ethical cannot be seen to be any worse than their peer group in the Premier League or the EFL.

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