Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski cuts ties with sponsor Huawei amid claims Chinese company is helping Russia

Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski cuts ties with sponsor Huawei amid claims Chinese company is helping Russia

BAYERN MUNICH star Robert Lewandowksi has cut ties with sponsor Huawei.

It comes amid claims the Chinese tech company is helping Russia following their invasion of Ukraine.

Reports from the Far East country claim Huawei have been enlisted by Vladimir Putin to help combat hacking attempts.

And Huawei research centres are being used to train ’50,000 technical experts in Russia’.

Bayern Munich and Poland star Lewandowski has now parted ways with the company, having been regional ambassador in his homeland and other parts of Europe.

A statement confirmed: “Huawei CBG Polska regrets the end of the partnership with Robert Lewandowski.

“We appreciate our long-term cooperation and wish him every success in the future.”

Lewandowski’s agent Tomasz Zawislak provided further clarity, saying: “It is true. Today we decided to end the marketing cooperation between Robert Lewandowski and the Huwaei brand.

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“Therefore, the implementation of all promotional services has been suspended on our part.

“We do not have full information on this [links to Russia], so I still stop at what we have already stated.”

Lewandowski had vocally opposed Poland playing Russia in a World Cup play-off later this month.

But that game will not be going ahead after Fifa and Uefa booted Russia out of the tournament.

Lewandowski said: “It is the right decision. I can’t imagine playing a match with the Russian National Team in a situation when armed aggression in Ukraine continues.

“Russian footballers and fans are not responsible for this, but we can’t pretend that nothing is happening.”

Sporting fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, with Fifa opening a ‘special transfer window’ allowing foreign players to leave both countries.

Meanwhile, Formula One team Haas sacked Russian driver Nikita Mazepin after he was banned from driving under a neutral flag.

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