Scotland’s football clubs will be reaping the rewards of criminal activity from next season. No, they are not going to be receiving payments for some of their criminal defending. Instead they will be receiving the proceeds of crime for performing well in the cup as part of a unique sponsorship deal.
The Co-operative Insurance Cup – the artist formerly known as the Scottish League Cup – will be rebranded as the Scottish Communities League Cup for next season.
The £1m, one-year sponsorship package is with the Scottish Goverment and will see money recouped from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act ploughed into the game.
The money will be used in partnership with the Scottish Football League to increase opportunities in sport and physical activity for young people through local football clubs.
Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, said: “The Scottish Communities League Cup strengthens the commitment made at the recent football summit to support the expansion of existing community and social partnerships and back clubs, authorities and police in tackling alcohol misuse, sectarianism, racism, domestic abuse and violence.”
At last, some bent money that’s benefiting football…