Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has severed relations with sponsor Huawei following allegations that the Chinese technology giant assisted Russia in securing its network against cyber threats during the invasion of Ukraine.
His agent, Tomasz Zawislak said in a statement:
We have taken the decision today to end the marketing cooperation between Robert Lewandowski and the Huawei brand. Therefore the implementation of all promotional services has been suspended on our part.
According to Polish media, the decision was made in response to a story in the British newspaper Daily Mail accusing Huawei of assisting Russia in securing its internet against assaults by pro-Ukrainian hackers.
Huawei confirmed this saying:
Huawei CBG Poland regrets the end of its partnership with Robert Lewandowski. We appreciate our years of cooperation and wish him every success in the future.
The Polish branch of the Chinese group dismissed the newspaper reports (on Daily Mail) as “fake news.”