Australian club cuts sponsor for racist remarks
Melbourne Demons of the Australian Football League have ended their association with a major sponsor after a series of racist and sexist remarks attributed to the company’s chief executive were seen on a social networking site.
The Australian Rules soccer club said Thursday the comments, first reported by Melbourne’s Herald-Sun newspaper and made by EnergyWatch’s CEO Ben Polis on Facebook, were “disgraceful and abhorrent.”
The sponsorship deal was reported to be worth about $2 million annually. Polis later resigned as chief executive with EnergyWatch, a company he founded.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard, who was the subject of the derogatory remarks along with those against an Aboriginal Demons player, said the comments were “deeply offensive.”
From Huffington Post