Schalke End Gazprom Deal Early, Sell Special-Edition Shirts

Update - February 28, 2022: Schalke have announced that they have ended their sponsorship agreement with Gazprom, adding that further details would be provided "in due course."

Schalke want to announce a new main sponsor in the near future, as per Kicker.

In addition to the news, shirts bearing the name Schalke 04 in place of the Gazprom logo, as worn by the first team away to Karlsruhe on Sunday, are being sold in the online store. They're proving so popular that the store is currently down.

Update - February 27, 2022: Today's away game vs Karlsruhe has given us a first look at the actual application of the Schalke 04 text on Schalke's kits. In this case on the third kit, it's applied as a patch with a background, covering the existing Gazprom patch.

Original article: Following recent developments, German 2. Bundesliga club FC Schalke 04 have decided to remove the logo of main sponsor GAZPROM from the club's shirts. It will be replaced by lettering reading ‘Schalke 04’ instead.

The Russian state and natural gas production company Gazprom have been the main sponsor of Schalke 04 since 2007 (contract until 2025), paying 9 million euros a year in the 2nd division. In the event of a return to the Bundesliga, it would be 15 million euros plus a promotion bonus of three million euros.

Schalke 04 Replace GAZPROM With "Schalke 04" Text

Schalke this midday released a short press release on their website to announce that they will not wear the Gazprom logo on their kits for the moment. Instead, the kit will feature a Schalke 04 text.

This step follows discussions with GAZPROM Germania
In view of the events, developments and intensification of the past few days, FC Schalke 04 has decided to remove the lettering of their main sponsor - "GAZPROM" - from its jerseys. This step follows discussions with GAZPROM Germania. Instead, "Schalke 04" will appear on the Königsblauen's chest.

There is no picture of the Schalke kits with the "Schalke 04" text yet.

The FC Schalke 04 kits with the Schalke lettering are not available for sale yet.

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