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Buckfast bosses sponsor sports ace

You A top lacrosse ace is at the centre of a sponsorship storm after landing a deal with controversial booze firm Buckfast.

Scotland star Myles Bonner, 25, wears gear plastered with the tonic wine’s logo in return for help with his travel expenses.

But the tie-in was last night slammed by Labour MSP Elaine Smith, whose Lanarkshire constituency is counting the cost of booze-related mayhem.

The Coatbridge MSP said: “This is a product whose misuse has blighted communities and has a proven link with criminal behaviour. It is worrying that Buckfast can generate publicity in a sporting environment.”

Buckfast spokesman Stewart Wilson insisted: “The purpose of our sponsorship is not for advertising. It is to help the guy and encourage more businesses to do it too.

“We support a lot of individuals and groups up and down the country.”

A 2010 study showed cops in Strathclyde mentioned Buckfast in 5,000 crime reports over three years.


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