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Thanks for your question. The comments made at defamamtory and would be actionable by a court action for defamation and damages. What you should do is have a formal letter sent to him demanding that the allegations are withdrawn, an apology made and an acknowledgement made that the allegations are untrue. That acknowledgement can be shown to the various sponsors. It should be made clear to this person that if he doesn’t do this, court proceedings against him will follow with an application for costs. You may want that letter to be drafted by a solicitor so as to have maximum effect. Happy to discuss further. I hope that helps. Please leave a positive rating so that I am credited for my time.
A local solicitor would be needed a Just Answer experts are simply here to give answers to scenarios. The important thing is a retraction in writing, an apology in writing and an acknowledgement that the statement was untrue, again in writing, so that can be shown to sponsors etc. I hope you get it sorted.