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Tullow Oil won't sponsor Black Stars but supports Sunderland's racist coach Di Canio

Published on: 03 April 2013
Di Canio with his facist salute

Tullow Oil has delivered the final insult on Ghanaians by refusing to withdraw its sponsorship of Sunderland after the English club appointed an openly racist coach.

The British company, who refused to sponsor Ghana's national football team the Black Stars last year, earn millions of dollars in Ghana from it oil exploration in Ghana.

Tullow reported a seven-fold increase in its annual pre-tax profit $689m thanks to the higher production in the West African country.

Yet Tullow, under their Invest in Africa scheme, will continue to pour millions of dollars of Ghana's oil money into Sunderland who appointed the facist coach Paulo Di Canio.

The insult from Tullow comes sadly at a time when Ghanaian, African and black footballers in Europe are facing mounting racism with Ghana's Andre Ayew and Kevin Prince Boateng suffering racism in European stadiums recently.

The appointment of the self-proclaimed facist coach Paulo Di Canio has already sparked a huge storm in the UK which has led to some high level condemnation.

Former British foreign secretary David Miliband resigned as Sunderland’s vice-chairman in protest at Paulo Di Canio’s appointment, and a miners’ union asked for its permanent banner to be removed from the Stadium of Light over the appointment.

Tullow Oil has delivered the final insult on Ghanaians by refusing to withdraw its sponsorship of Sunderland after the English club appointed an openly racist coach.

Earlier today the Dean of Durham wrote an open letter to Di Canio calling on the Italian to publicly renounce fascism (a concept that hates black people) or risk being associated with 'toxic far-right tendencies'.

Yet Tullow Oil, through its Invest in Africa, instead of backing the stance against racism distanced itself from the debate surrounding the controversial appointment of Di Canio.

Invest in Africa, showing total disregard for Ghanaians, refused to discuss the effect Di Canio's appointment could have on the sponsorship deal when contacted.

"The managerial changes at Sunderland AFC at the weekend are a footballing matter for the club, and as such we direct all inquiry regarding this to the club," Invest in Africa said in a statement to GHANAsoccernet.com.

The Italian coach's political beliefs and background have come under close scrutiny in the days after his appointment as Black Cats boss on Sunday night.

Tullow Oil has delivered the final insult on Ghanaians by refusing to withdraw its sponsorship of Sunderland after the English club appointed an openly racist coach.

As a player, the Italian striker twice celebrated goals for Lazio with a straight-armed salute and was even said to have described himself as “a fascist, not a racist” in a 2005 interview.

The club's appointment of Di Canio look to be at odds with the Invest in Africa initiative.

Sunderland's shirt deal with Invest in Africa is understood to be worth around $40million a season.

In return for the cash, Sunderland carry on their shirts the name and logo of Invest In Africa, which Sunderland described as a 'ground-breaking, not-for-profit initiative' to help promote investment in Africa.

But the refusal to withdraw the sponsorship for Sunderland in the wake of the appointment shows the gross disregard for the true feelings of Ghanaians and black people.

The true motives of Tullow Oil's refusal to sponsor Ghana's national football team has been exposed by its decision to pour money in an English club where it does not earn any money.

Several approaches have been made to Tullow to sponsor the Black Stars to qualify for the 2014 World Cup but they have refused to sponsor the national team of the country where they make most of their money.

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  • benny says:
    April 03, 2013 09:54 pm
    I weep for Ghana.What a load of ignorant comment by people who call themselves Ghanaians. What do our leaders do with the yields from oil.We can question our leaders.Whatever Tullow do with their money is the bussiness of the shareholders. Having said that,this story carries a lot of fabrications yet shallow minded people with nothing to do with their lives has taken the story as gospel and pouring out gabbage.CRAP.
  • jerry olaya says:
    April 03, 2013 09:58 pm
    u all are fools....did tullow come to ghana by force or u brought dem urselves?
  • father Ab says:
    April 03, 2013 10:15 pm
    What high level of stupidity n ignorance by some of u....who said its obligatory to sponsor dat ur so called criminal GBS apuuuu like dey will use it to go n **** ashawo for BAHAMAS cos dats wer u will get real bitches to **** unlike those useless blackstar players dat **** ashawo for SA...Sponsorin black star is like waistin ur money....wat av dey achieve for d past 31 yrs why not d U20 dat has won d world cup.....muma Y3 dwen...nkwasiasem ara kwA...do u ghanaians havin their huge companies in USA N Europe...GOD SAVE GHANA
  • Kwame says:
    April 03, 2013 10:16 pm
    There is no reason to use bigoted language against others. That makes you no better than the racists you speak out against. The question of neocolonialism in Ghana is a more important one than whether or not a foreign company chooses to invest in our national football team. Until the immense wealth in Ghana is exploited by people in Ghana (and not foreign corporations) we will always be at the mercy of Europe. Perhaps that is the article we should be reading.
  • Bobs Fett says:
    April 03, 2013 10:31 pm
    Every company has the right to decide how to spend the money it makes. Making money from ghana does not mean Tullow must sponsor black stars at all cost. Is Tullow the only company that have refused to sponsor the black stars? The writer of this story shld be ashamed. This story is total rubbish. Don't creat the impression that Tullow is under obligation to sponsor the black stars and they refused. I know Tullow has given back what they make in Ghana in many different ways to the communities. I believe building schools, providing water and health facilities to deprived areas is far better than sponsoring the black stars with money that is likely to be embezzled anyway. How did we spend the about $10m for both AFCON 2012 & AFCON 2013?
  • Bobs Fett says:
    April 03, 2013 10:40 pm
    Every company has the right to decide how to spend the money it makes. Making money from ghana does not mean Tullow must sponsor black stars at all cost. Is Tullow the only company that have refused to sponsor the black stars? The writer of this story shld be ashamed. This story is total rubbish. Don’t creat the impression that Tullow is under obligation to sponsor the black stars and they refused. I know Tullow has given back what they make in Ghana in many different ways to the communities. I believe building schools, providing water and health facilities to deprived areas is far better than sponsoring the black stars with money that is likely to be embezzled anyway. How did we spend the about $10m for both AFCON 2012 & AFCON 2013?
  • Mojahadine says:
    April 04, 2013 12:13 am
    So Bob, why don't you just list for us the so called health facilities, schools and the rest of Tulows programs in the deprived areas of Ghana. As far as the Black Stars is concerned, I do not believe either that Tullows is obligated to sponsor them. It is whoever feels like it. The writer of this article I believe is only making a point or trying to expose the hypocrisy of some of these foreign companies that operate in Africa. They say nice things in public when they have to get our business but then stab us in the back when we are not looking. So rather than just blasting the writer of this article, you should be proud of what he has been able to uncover, I must admit that I would never have known in a million year what this journalist just exposed. It is all part of educating the public and our governments. This is the type of work we have been wanting them to do all along, exposing corruption and the vises in our society, rather than being silent accomplices.
  • texas says:
    April 04, 2013 12:21 am
    Barbaric talk! Is Tullow action in this situation ethical? Is Tullow providing any of those facilities you mentioned? Am sure you are member of Tullow! Its righ for Tullow to spend the money it makes from Ghana on a club in Europe with a fascist and racist coach, but its not right to spend that money on Ghana national team. God punish you!
  • texas says:
    April 04, 2013 12:24 am
    Bobs Fett is full of sh*t! Barbaric talk! Is Tullow action in this situation ethical? Is Tullow providing any of those facilities you mentioned? Am sure you are member of Tullow! Its righ for Tullow to spend the money it makes from Ghana on a club in Europe with a fascist and racist coach, but its not right to spend that money on Ghana national team. God punish you!
  • PITO says:
    April 04, 2013 12:59 am
    Bobs Fetts you are a whiteman coming here with your colonial tendencies to cheat and rob unsuspecting black people. This is the new form form of slavery. How can Tullow rake Ghana's natural resources, take so much from Ghana and then not give back to football in the country but give to Sunderland which has nothing to do with Africa.
  • Kissi says:
    April 04, 2013 01:03 am
    "sponsoring the black stars with money that is likely to be embezzled anyway. How did we spend the about $10m for both AFCON 2012 & AFCON 2013?" This is the most racist comment I have ever heard. Did anyone embezzle any of the AFCON monies? The ministry of sports administers the money directly so you are finding every excuse under this sun for the money and natural resources of Ghanaians to be used by Sunderland. This is sick and pathetic. This $40m can develop football in Ghana, bring moire Essien, Muntari, Appiahs, Kuffuors and the like who will earn money and bring it back to the country and also bring joy to the country.
  • Kay Slay says:
    April 04, 2013 01:06 am
    Typical of the Brits who stole our resources and captured our forefather as slaves, they are bringing it back in a new way. Bobs it is only ethical that when you ntake from a country you give back to that country. If you invest Ghana's tullow money in the Black Stasrs it will benefit Ghanaians directly. Thieves leave our country and natural resources.
  • Kay Slay says:
    April 04, 2013 01:11 am
    @Father Ab- you are a Stupid Ghanaian who thinks thru your anus. Golfields sponsored Black Stars to the World Cup and the joy and respect Ghana got can not be quantified financially. Think well. Your mother sent you to skul to think.
  • Kay Slay says:
    April 04, 2013 01:14 am
    @ KD you are an ignorant fool. Did you see the Nazi salute? Di Canio said he is facist. Just cos he has denied doesnt make it the truth. This action by Tullow is the reason why bandits like those in the Niger Delta in Nigeria started. I cant wait for us to get our oil pirates to stop these companies from looting our natural resources.
  • Kofi Amoah says:
    April 04, 2013 01:16 am
    Point out the fabrications. The article has pure facts and some stupid Ghaanaians like Benny are failing to see. You nitwit.
  • Kofi Amoah says:
    April 04, 2013 01:18 am
    Cool USA you have made an improtant observation. You at the way Africans are suffering at the hands of these idiots.
  • Bobs Fett says:
    April 04, 2013 06:14 am
    God forbid. Pls u can insult me but don't curse me. Be a gentleman.
  • 1 GH. says:
    April 04, 2013 07:42 am
    They should sponsor black stars for Nyantekyi and his kabal to spend on small girls working in banks. Serious companies don't waste money on corrupt people. Besides Tallow oil operates beyond Ghana.
  • Kwame Uk says:
    April 04, 2013 10:12 am
    'Name' you hit the nail right on the head. Spot on mate
  • PITO says:
    April 04, 2013 11:15 am
    HEY FAKE PITO! YOU ARE NOT PITO! YOU IDIOT! I AM PITO! WHY DO SOME OF YOU ACT LIKE IMPOSTERS! WHAT IS YOUR NAME? I, THE REAL PITO HAS COME TO READ AN ARTICLE AND COMMENT ONLY TO FIND A COWARD PATRONISING MY IDENTITY. PITO IS ASKING YOU, WHAT IS YOUR NAME?!!! USE YOUR NAME!!!
  • PITO says:
    April 04, 2013 11:22 am
    STOP IT! I Wanted to Comment but my anger wont let me. An imposter whose Mother and Father FORGOT TO NAME HIM AT BIRTH has put his words in my mouth concerning this Juicy article. So I will not comment. Original PITO will not comment. NEXT ARTICLE PLEASE...
  • KD says:
    April 03, 2013 07:39 pm
    THE MANAGER HAS DENIED SUPPORTIG FACISM.THIS IS ON SUPERSPORTS.COM,AND THE CLUB'S WEBSITE.TULLOW HAVE THE RIGHT TO DO WHATEVER THEY WANT WITH THEIR MONEY,JUST AS GHANA HAS THE RIGHT TO GIVE ITS MONEY TO WAYOME.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    April 03, 2013 07:26 pm
    @sade,do u know ur left from right...I don't blame u cause u wipe ur ass with ur right hand after taking shit..u white pig.
  • Abeiku Santana says:
    April 03, 2013 07:01 pm
    Shut it you stupid whiteman! What is witch hunting about this? Your Sun newsapaper is the master of the trade. This website is opening our eyes to the new colonialism we are facing. Your British company wont sponsor our national team when it earns so much from the the country but will sponsor SUnderland which gives them nothing.
  • Abeiku Santana says:
    April 03, 2013 06:51 pm
    The only way sponsorship can reach all Ghanaians is by sponsoring the Black Stars for them to qualify for the world cup because when we get there all Ghanaians are happy, country is united and this is priceless.
  • Asaawa says:
    April 03, 2013 06:47 pm
    What has tullow given back to Ghana when it takes so much out of the country? to an salt in injury you support Di Canio. This is the new face of colonialism in Africa. We must start a movement to get Tullow out of Ghana. Cheats
  • Black Star Player says:
    April 03, 2013 06:48 pm
    They are like that everywhere. Racists masquerading as the friends of Africa. If Tullow withdraws its sponsorship then Sunderland will know people are serious.
  • sade says:
    April 03, 2013 06:50 pm
    There is so much witch hunting on this site but then i can get shocked this is Ghana,which is much associated with witchcraft.
  • Koo fori says:
    April 03, 2013 06:45 pm
    This is really damaging for the image and brand of Tullow. Most of its oil drilling sites are in Africa. To be seen to be supporting the appointment of a racist coach should cause concern among people in Africa.
  • Koo fori says:
    April 03, 2013 06:43 pm
    Tullow is a racist company. It is as simple as that. The wise Englishman Milland has even resigned because of Di Canio so tullow should be wise and take action.
  • Amaziba says:
    April 03, 2013 06:42 pm
    Once they drill oil in Ghana and take the money of the people of Ghana they have an obligation to give back to the country. What does Sunderland give to Tullow? Ghana gives Tullow oil.
  • Boba Fett says:
    April 03, 2013 06:11 pm
    And so what? Is it an obligation for Tullow Oil to sponsor BS?
  • cool-USA says:
    April 03, 2013 06:14 pm
    I hope our leaders are taking note to this article.The only way we can get off the grip of the White man is to get our act together.ie, by wiping out curruption, and stopping those back door deal with the white man at the expense of the whole country. Our leader must also be transparent. If we cannot put our house in order, the white man will always tighten the noose around our neck.We need effective and quality leadership now.