Seems UEFA have dropped the charge that the sponsorship amount is unrealistic, presumably because it’s not significantly better or worse than other clubs deals, and have settled on how the sponsors have come up with their money. Would they also be interested in how Bet365 comes up with their money to sponsor Stoke with both organisations having the same owner? (Assuming Stoke were in the CL). The bottom line is that it’s fuck all to do with UEFA where Etihad gets its sponsorship budget from. It would be bizarre if there was a rule preventing owners’ other businesses from sponsoring their clubs but that seems to be the imaginary rule we’re being punished for.