Kaspersky: Partnership with Eintracht Frankfurt will remain
Eintracht Frankfurt demands from its sponsor Kaspersky that the Russian company distance itself from the Russian attack on Ukraine. Update: That’s what Kaspersky says.
The Kaspersky Lab logo at the Kaspersky Lab headquarters in Moscow.
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“Ran” reports that Eintracht Frankfurt would stick with Kaspersky as a sponsor. According to Ran, Yevgeny Kaspersky made this statement: “We believe that peaceful dialogue is the only possible tool to resolve conflicts. War is not good for anyone. Like the rest of the world, we are shocked by what is happening.” Axel Hellmann, spokesman for the board of Eintracht Frankfurt, is said to have described this statement as a “bold position because Kaspersky has numerous employees in Russia.
Aside from the moral judgment, there are also security concerns about using Kaspersky’s antivirus software.
PC-WELT asked Kaspersky whether the company would make the statement requested by Eintracht Frankfurt against the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. Kaspersky did not answer us specifically, but only sent this statement: “The partnership between Eintracht Frankfurt and Kaspersky will remain in place.”
However, the Eintracht website still does not list Kaspersky among the sponsors and the purchase link from Kaspersky to the special “Eintracht Frankfurt” edition of its security software also still leads to nowhere.
The Russian security and antivirus company Kaspersky is one of the sponsors of the soccer club Eintracht Frankfurt. Frankfurt plays in the 1st Bundesliga. The club has now suspended the sponsorship contract that has existed since 2018 with its previous “premium partner” Kaspersky, as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reports in its online edition. Frankfurt is now asking Kaspersky to expressly distance itself from the war.
This clear declaration must be made this week.
If Kaspersky is not prepared to do so, Eintracht wants to end the contract with Kaspersky immediately.
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Kaspersky is currently not available on the Eintracht Frankfurt website, where all sponsors are listed. On the Kaspersky website, on the other hand, Eintracht Frankfurt is still advertised: “Eintracht fans beware: As a premium partner, we do everything we can to support the club and its fans. The multiple award-winning Kaspersky security solutions are now available at an absolutely special price. Protect Windows, Mac or Android devices from Internet threats and take advantage of our exclusive offer!”. However, if you want to buy the “Eintracht Frankfurt special edition of Kaspersky Total Security” and click on the corresponding link, you get a 404 error message “Page not found”.
This is what the Kaspersky site for Frankfurt currently looks like.
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In the game against FC Bayern Munich last Saturday, February 26, 2022 (FC Bayern Munich won their away game 1-0), Eintracht had already waived any application from Kaspersky.
Jersey advertising is not affected – unlike at Schalke
Incidentally, Kaspersky is not the jersey or main sponsor of Eintracht Frankfurt – that is the online job exchange Indeed. This means that Eintracht Frankfurt does not have to wear new jerseys without a sponsor’s name. This means that Eintracht Frankfurt’s situation differs significantly from that of Schalke 04. Until recently, the Russian Gazprom group was Schalke’s main and shirt sponsor. After the Russian attack on Ukraine, however, Schalke 04 parted ways with Gazprom. The Schalke team is now wearing jerseys without a sponsor name. This special jersey was immediately sold out in Schalke’s online shop. Schalke now needs a new main sponsor.