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SFA owed money by liquidated Diadora


The financial woes afflicting Scottish football increased last night with the news that Diadora UK, who supply the national team's kit, have gone into liquidation.


The seven-year relationship with the Scottish FA has been terminated following the appointment of a receiver, with every British-based employee of the Italian-owned company made redundant and their contracts ripped up.


Diadora's current deal with the national team had a year remaining and the SFA are still due money for the final 12 months of the agreement. Talks with the Italian owners of the company are ongoing in a bid to recoup some of that, although as one of several creditors it's highly unlikely they will receive what they're entitled to in full.



Rob Shorthouse, the SFA's spokesman, confirmed: "We are speaking to their guys about the terms of our contract now that Diadora UK has gone into liquidation. We're aware a receiver has been appointed so we're now discussing the best way forward. We are up to date with the money they were due us for the first two years but they're still to pay for the final 12 months of the deal.


"It was always the case that when we entered into the final year we were allowed to either talk to Diadora about extending it or enter into discussions with other parties. Clearly with what has happened we are in a position where we're speaking to other companies."


The partnership between the Scottish national team and Diadora began in June 2003 and a new Scotland away kit was launched in March prior to the World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands. However the company started to get into financial difficulties earlier this year and a hint of things to come came last week when Berwick Rangers were forced to change their kit supplier.


SFA officials have begun discussions with interested parties, but Shorthouse last night confirmed the national team will continue to wear Diadora strips in the three remaining World Cup qualifiers against Norway in Oslo next month plus Macedonia and the Netherlands at Hampden in September.


He added: "The crucial thing from a stock perspective is that we still have plenty of kit in the system and available to us. We've got enough to last us the rest of the campaign so it's not a question of not having anything to wear."




I'd like Scotland to go for Adidas as a kit supplier.

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