TWO of Wigan Athletic’s sponsors have pulled out of their deals with the club following the appointment of Malky Mackay as manager.
Back in July, Latics announced oven and hob specialists Premier Range would become the first ever company to have its name emblazoned on the back of their shirts.
However, the firm has now pulled out of that deal following yesterday’s arrival of Mackay, who is under FA investigation for allegedly sending text messages of a racist, homophobic, anti-semitic and sexist nature during his time at Cardiff City.
And just hours after Premier Range pulled out, drinks supplier iPro Sports followed their lead.
After the shirt deal four months ago, Premier Range director Martin Mensforth said: “Premier Range are very proud to be involved with a club with such a rich and varied history as Wigan Athletic.”
However, the Todmorden-based company tonight terminated that association with a spokesman saying: “Mr Mackay is currently under investigation by the FA for sending text messages that are at odds with the general ethos here at Premier Range.
“A team that would employ a man who expresses views such as these is not the kind of team Premier Range wish to deal with.”
And as news broke of iPro’s decision, a spokesman for the company said: “‘t is with deep regret that iPro Sport will be severing its relationship with Wigan Athletic Football Club.”