Nike ended its 17-year agreement with the Russian Premier League Football club Spartak Moscow after being ruled out of next season’s European competitions because Russia invaded Ukraine.
“Nike has notified FC Spartak of the termination of the sponsorship contract due to the fact that, in accordance with the UEFA verdict, our club will not be able to participate in European competitions next season,” the club said in a statement on May 12. It added that “the leadership of Spartak’s commercial department is now working on finding a new equipment supplier.”
On May 2, European soccer’s governing body, UEFA, announced a ban on Russian men’s clubs next season in response to the war in Ukraine. Under the ban, Russian soccer teams are barred from the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference League competitions.
Nike had supported the club since 2005.