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Norwegian Laws Prevent Valencia From Wearing Sponsored Shirts
Reuters, August 20th, 2009 5:15PM

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Spanish club Valencia was barred from wearing the sponsored shirts it typically dons when the club kicked off its Europa League playoff at Norway's Stabaek on Thursday.

"Despite intense negotiations over the last few days UEFA have taken this decision because of Norwegian restrictions ... with regards to publicity (for online gambling)," the Primera Liga club said on their website (www.valenciacf.es). Valencia's sponsor, Unibet, is one of the largest online gambling operators in Europe.

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