Adidas Sponsorship Contracts Have a Cancellation Clause for Scientology

Mark Patterson@@MarkPattersonBRUK Staff WriterFebruary 10, 2014

HERZOGENAURACH, GERMANY - DECEMBER 06:  Brazuca match balls for the FIFA World Cup 2014 lie in a rack in front of the adidas logo on December 6, 2013 in Scheinfeld near Herzogenaurach, Germany. Brazuca is the Official Match Ball for the FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil.  (Photo by Lennart Preiss/Getty Images for adidas)
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Players with Adidas sponsorship deals will lose their endorsements if they turn to Scientology, according to a report in Der Spiegel in Germany.

When players sign a money-spinning deal to represent a brand, there are always clauses to ensure that the sponsor's name is not tarnished in any way. 

Typically, these are more obvious things, such as not taking drugs—or, on a more practical level, not wearing a rival's clothing.

However, as Der Spiegel explains (German-speaking readers can read it here), those found to belong "to any organisation or association which represents the principles of L. Ron Hubbard" can have their contract terminated (translated via the Guardian).

As the translation continues, in Adidas’ words: "Scientology and other such organisations are incompatible" with their own values.

The clause was found written into the contract of an unnamed Bayern Munich player, and the quotes are taken from that contract.