Footy Club Forced To Fold Over Failed Mehajer Sponsorship
Local rugby league club the Auburn Warriors claim they have folded after Salim Mehajer allegedly reneged on paying a six-figure sponsorship deal.
The Warriors have sides in the Sydney Shield and Ron Massey competitions, and made the 2017 grand final in the latter.
But now the Warriors claim they can't afford to continue after a $100,000 sponsorship deal with Mehajer wasn't paid.
Mehajer had allegedly paid for his company, Mehajer Brothers, to feature on the Warriors jerseys, as well feature on signage at their home ground Lidcombe Oval.
The club claims that $30,000 worth of payments to players still remains outstanding.
Warriors president Fedi Sleiman said he even attempted to renegotiate the deal so Mehajer could pay the outstanding fee over two seasons instead.
Sleiman told Fairfax Media:
"He didn't pay us. He didn't pay a cent,"
"He kept saying 'it will be this week, I'm talking to my accountant, they froze my accounts, blah, blah'.
"We just got sick of it in the end."
"His name was on our jerseys, on game day we put it all over our screens and on our shirts, on training gear. We were playing at Lidcombe Oval right next to his buildings."
Mehajer is still behind bars since he was refused bail at Waverley Local Court over allegations he staged a car crash to avoid appearing in court for an assault trial.