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Manly embroiled in NRL sponsorship stoush

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/06/2016 James MacSmith

Manly are caught in a disagreement with their major sponsor who have demanded their logo be removed from the front of the NRL club's jersey.

In a matter unrelated to the match-fixing allegations surrounding the Sea Eagles, the club released a statement on Tuesday evening noting that it was in a dispute with its major sponsor.

"Manly Warringah Sea Eagles confirmed today that it is managing an ongoing issue with major partner, CoCo Joy, over unpaid sponsorship fees," the Manly statement read.

"This is an issue that has been ongoing since February and is completely unrelated to recent media reports.

"The club will make no further comment on this matter."

Fairfax media reported the parent company of CoCo Joy, FAL Food and Beverage, had withdrawn its $1 million a year sponsorship of Manly.

FAL is claiming former chief executive Nick Xenos arranged the deal with Manly without proper authorisation.

The matter is due to be heard on July 27 in the NSW Supreme Court.

Manly will still likely sport CoCo Joy's logo on their jersey in Sunday's match against Penrith at Brookvale Oval.

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