A Msida restaurant caught in the middle of an x-rated scandal has dropped a football team it sponsored in the wake of a leaked video’s circulation.
Kebab Factory Msida will no longer be sponsoring Siġġiewi FC after a short clip allegedly showing players from the team laughing at a woman’s intimate video while dining at the restaurant went viral. A private and leaked video belonging to a young Maltese woman was being played on the restaurant’s TV screen.
“It has come to our attention that a football team which we happen to sponsor, came to our Msida outlet this week and voluntarily connected their phone to our TV,” the restaurant said in statement.
“This action lead to the unacceptable behaviour of sharing certain inappropriate images on the TV itself,” they continued. “We were never aware of this incident until recently when receiving an email reporting this happening. We are truly disgusted by this matter and do not want to be associated with them in any way.”
“Therefore, from now on we will no longer be sponsoring their football team and we are currently contacting their head coach and demanding a public apology from their end.”
“We are as shocked as anyone else and we apologise that from all places, it happened to take place in our outlet.”
Kebab Factory have sponsored Siggiewi FC for this last season, with the club publicly thanking the restaurant for their support recently.
The blowback continues in the wake of the release of this video, which may have been hacked from the young woman’s phone, as police continue their investigations into people who obtained the video and those who may have illegally shared the video with friends.
Under Maltese law, anyone found to have shared the video is liable to a fine of up to €5,000 and up to two years imprisonment.
A man was fined €4,500 for sharing revenge porn of his former partner. More recently, a woman was awarded €32,000 in damages after she was filmed without her consent and the subsequent video then circulated widely.