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10 Nov 2021

FC Bayern & Qatar Airways fail to respond to club members' motion to end sponsorship deal over human rights concerns

A motion brought by FC Bayern ahead of the club's annual general meeting on 25th November 2021, alleges that "FC Bayern is actively helping the Emirate of Qatar with its sponsorship to draw attention away from these evils", owing to its ongoing partnership with Qatar Airways. The statement also reads that the sponsorship deal "is incompatible with the values of our association"; it can be read in full below.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited both FC Bayern and Qatar Airways to respond to the motion; neither provided a response, though FC Bayern clarified that it stands by a previous statement provided to the Resource Centre.

At the FC Bayern AGM on 25th November 77.8% members reportedly voted for the club to identify itself with “internationally-acknowledged human rights.” The podium, which includes #FCBayern President Herbert Hainer and CEO Oliver Kahn, all voted against the motion.

In January 2022, Club Nr. 12, an association of active FC Bayern fans shared a short statement on the AGM with the Resource Centre; this can be read in full below.

Company Responses

FC Bayern Munich

No Response

Qatar Airways

No Response