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‘Kenyans Love Bringing Down Their Own’ Says Furious Sportpesa CEO

SportPesa Chief Executive Officer Ronald Karauri has blamed Kenyans for not supporting the betting firm which currently is in the wrong books of the government.

Karauri made the comments on his Twitter account, accusing Kenyans of “bringing down their own” .This came after Premier League side Everton announced it was ending its sponsorship deal with the Kenyan betting firm.

Karauri was irked by an offensive tweet from city-based lawyer Donald Kipkorir which appeared to support Everton’s decision.

Donald Kipkorir’s tweet read;

Ireland then now England is terminating all contracts with SportPesa. These are highly developed countries who have decided to do away with gambling in Sports… Kenya, a poor and miserable country is excited with gambling and Prime Time News is even sponsored by Betting companies

 

This sparked a spat between the two.With Karauri tweeting;

The biggest betting company in the world – Bet365 – resides in England. Kenyans love bringing down their own, and now the same Bet365 is probably the most popular betting site in Kenya, more revenue for them and more tax revenue for the UK.

 

The Toffees on Sunday announced the termination of its sponsorship deal with SportPesa, a deal of an annual worth Sh911 million, at the end of the 2019/2020 league.

Last August, SportPesa terminated multi-million shilling sponsorship deals with Kenyan sports firms including Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards, Kenyan Premier League, Football Kenya Federation, and Kenya Rugby Union after the government cancelled its betting licence.

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