Gambling sponsorship ban would have “potentially catastrophic” consequences for English football

11 November 2020

Gambling
Photo: PA Images Crystal palace are one of the Premier League clubs sponsored by a betting-firm, in this case W88.

EFL Chairman says that betting partnerships are worth £40million and an overnight ban would be “potentially catastrophic”.

Government has ordered a full review of the gambling industry following House of Lords report that called for sports sponsorship ban.

Spanish government ordered a ban on gambling sponsorships last month.

James Corbett corbett@offthepitch.com

Football League chairman Rick Parry has warned clubs face “potentially catastrophic” consequences if a ban on gambling sponsorships is enforced in football.

The Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is currently undertaking a review of the gambling industry, with the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his closest advisors said to be taking a keen interest.

Last month the Spanish government issued heavy restrictions on gambling advertising that effectively prohibits Spanish clubs from using gaming companies for shirt sponsorships or stadium naming deals.

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