Club Statement regarding the Palmer Group

Adelaide United FC advises that it does not have any sponsorship arrangements with the Palmer Group of Companies.

Adelaide United FC advises that it does not have any sponsorship arrangements with the Palmer Group of Companies. Whilst the much publicised sponsorship proposal of the club-s AFC Champions League campaign was overruled, the club wishes to provide the following background information to its supporters:

  • Competing in the AFC Champions League is a financial burden through the Group Stage and does not cover the club-s expenses.
  • AFC Champions League sponsorship regulations prevented the club from using ‘Coopers- on the front of the playing shirt.
  • The club only had an extremely short time to seek a major sponsor for the AFC Champions League due to having to play an unscheduled play-off fixture against Persipura Jayapura.
  • Adelaide United FC was unsuccessful in seeking support from the private sector and the South Australian Government. The club believes the lack of Government sponsorship is especially disappointing in the light of their support through ‘Study Adelaide- for previous AFC Champions League campaigns. In representing South Australia on the world football stage, it would appear a natural fit for Government promotion, whether that be for commercial or tourism purposes.
  • Adelaide United FC accepted the Palmer sponsorship proposal on strict commercial grounds and at no time contemplated any political undertones or criticism of Football Federation Australia or the structure of football.

    Adelaide United FC is well positioned to progress to the next stage of the AFC Champions League, albeit with the challenge ahead being a formidable one.