The soccer foundation based in Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s home town of Felcsút has lost one third of its sponsors, partially as a result of his falling out with Fidesz oligarch Lajos Simicska. Since February the Ferenc Puskas Soccer Academy has lost sponsors including the Simicska-owned Hír Tv, Közgép and Pro-Aurum Zrt. Even Sándor Demján’s company Trigránit has stopped sponsoring the club. Only two-thirds of the club’s original 47 sponsors have remained.
Hungarian print weekly Figyelő writes that the prime minister’s stadium in Felcsút lost the support of longtime Orbán ally Lajos Simicska sometime after February. To lose Demján is to lose one of Hungary’s most affluent businessmen.
Coca-Cola, BÁV Zrt. and FGSz Zrt. no longer support Orbán’s club either.
Puskas Academy fans shouldn’t be dismayed by the sudden decrease in sponsorship because its supporters still include national oil company Mol Nyrt., Hungary’s largest commercial bank OTP, Duna Aszfalt, CBA, Mészáros és Mészáros Kft. and Búzakalász 66 Felcsút Kft. The latter two are owned by foundation trustee and Felcsút mayor Lőrinc Mészáros, pictured here with Orbán (right). Mészáros’ penchant for winning lucrative state contracts has led many to speculate that he is the prime minister’s straw man.
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