Following Birmingham City's new sponsorship deal with electronic cigarette company Nicolite, here are five other controversial deals.
A boss at Birmingham City Football CLub has today been jailed for fraud.
Birmingham City player, Peter Lovenkrands, has been left 'shaken' following an attack where his £30,000 watch was stolen outside his house.
Nicolites, the company that will sponsor Birmingham City Football Club next season, say they their products target adults and not children.
The club will also work with the charity Help Harry Help Others. The logo of the charity will be carried on the junior, infant and baby shirts.
– Nikhil Nathwani, Nicolites
We are keen to ensure that our products are in no way targeting young children. Our products are for adults that already smoke, who are looking for a tobacco free alternative. As a result we are delighted to be able to donate the space to the charity in order to promote all its good work helping young people and families hit by the disease."
Birmingham City have confirmed that electronic cigarette company Nicolite will be the club's principal partner and shirt sponsor for the 2013/14 season.
Help Harry Help Others will have their logo on the front of all infant, junior, baby and Blues Academy kits.
The Crown Prosecution Service says it will now take steps to recover the money stolen by the former Safety Officer at Birmingham City Football Club.
Angela Millington Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service said the club had put a lot of trust in Peter Smith.
– Angela Millington Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service
Smith grossly exploited his position of trust and abused his senior position in order to dishonestly receive over £45,000 which was used to enrich himself and his family.Over a three year period, Smith and his family received payments for employees who he claimed had carried out work for the club.
Following an internal investigation by the club, it transpired that work had never been done by his wife and daughter-in-law, and that the other name receiving payment was fictitious.
She added Smith had exploited the club’s employment practices for greed and self-importance but today he had paid the penalty for his abuse of the club’s trust.
Forward Lee Novak has agreed to join Blues on a three-year contract.
The 24-year-old, previously at Huddersfield Town, will formally join on July 1 after his current deal with the Terriers expires.
The lawyer for Carson Yeung has asked for the Birmingham owner's case to be thrown out.
Harris says police delays have resulted in an unfair trial. He told the judge that the police started investigating Yeung's financial transactions in 2008 but did not arrest him until June 2011, 10 years after the transactions began.
Harris claims the elapsed time means the lawyers were unable to obtain the relevant documents to help his defense as financial institutions in Hong Kong are only required to hold on to documents for the previous seven years.
Carson Yeung, the owner of Birmingham City Football Club has pleaded not guilty at the start of his trial for money laundering in Hong Kong today. The 52-year-old businessman was arrested in 2011.
He faces five charges of money laundering totalling nearly £60m. His lawyers have tried to stop proceedings against him.
Birmingham CIty Football Club owner Carson Yeung is due to go on trial in Hong Kong today. The 52-year-old businessman was arrested in 2011. He faces five charges of money laundering totalling nearly 60 million pounds.