Gambling Act review could restrict betting companies' shirt sponsorships

14 January 2020

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Photo: Getty Images Wolverhampton Wanderers are one of ten clubs in the Premier League with a betting firm shirt sponsor.

Ministers have committed to reviewing the 2005 Gambling Act and, according to the Times, regulations on sponsorships of football shirts and gambling advertising in sports in general are among those which will be assessed.

Half of the clubs in the Premier League and 15 in the Championship have betting firms as their shirt sponsors.

Emil Gjerding Nielson nielson@offthepitch.com

Commercial sponsorships in the Premier League and the Championship could suffer as a result of a government review of the 2005 Gambling Act. The outcome of the review could see restrictions being imposed on shirt sponsorships with gambling companies and, according to the Times, currently 25 of the 44 clubs in England's top two divisions are engaged in such sponsorships.

Regulations on sponsorships of football shirts and gambling advertising in sports in general are among those which ministers have committed to reviewing. 

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