Sunderland announce Dafabet is club’s new sponsor

Sunderland players with Gary Hutchinson and Margaret Byrne
Sunderland players with Gary Hutchinson and Margaret Byrne
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Sunderland AFC have announced that leading eGaming operator Dafabet is the club’s new main sponsor

Dafabet, who were formed in 2004, have taken over from Bidvest as the Black Cats’ principal partner.

Our partnership with Dafabet will open up new markets for us and we welcome them warmly to our Sunderland family.

Margaret Byrne

As part of the agreement, the Dafabet name will be emblazoned on the Black Cats’ home and away shirts from the start of the 2015-16 season.

Since its foundation in 2004, Dafabet has grown its market share to become one of the leading global betting brands with their key markets being Asia and the UK, meaning the partnership affords Sunderland the opportunity to continue to grow its presence in the Asian territories.

Sunderland chief executive Margaret Byrne said: “We are delighted to be entering into a partnership with Dafabet.

“Our regional identity sits proudly at the heart of Sunderland AFC but increasing our global footprint is also key as we look to continue to grow and strengthen the football club for the future.

“Our partnership with Dafabet will open up new markets for us and we welcome them warmly to our Sunderland family.”

John Cruces, head of sports marketing and sponsorship at Dafabet, said: “We’re very proud to be announced as the new main club sponsor of Sunderland AFC. From day one we were very impressed with what we saw behind the scenes at both the Stadium of Light and the impressive Academy of Light.

“Hearing the plans and enthusiasm to bring what is a great club forward was key. Having been very proactive in the last few months increasing our presence in football we have maintained that being on the front of a Premier League club shirt was vital for our global presence. So happily after the exciting end of season for the club, we can now all look forward to the new season.”

Sunderland commercial director Gary Hutchinson added: “Dafabet greatly impressed everyone at the club with their desire to work with us right from the start and there is a fantastic synergy between our collective aims and objectives.

“The new partnership will be cemented with the reveal of our new home and away kits in the coming weeks and we very much look forward to working closely with Dafabet over the coming months.”

Dimitris Karatzas, managing director of online betting and gaming at Dafabet, said: “We are continuing to increase our presence in football for the 2015-16 season and partnering with Sunderland AFC is the latest step forward. What continues to be important to us is working with clubs with tradition and solid fan bases and Sunderland ticks both boxes equally. We look forward to working together and achieving our mutual goals.”