BETTING FIRMS TO STOP SHIRT SPONSORSHIP IN PREMIER LEAGUE AND EFL

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BETTING FIRMS TO STOP SHIRT SPONSORSHIP IN PREMIER LEAGUE AND EFL

A House of Lords Select Committee report has recommended that Premier League clubs should not use betting firms as shirt sponsors.The cross-party comm

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A House of Lords Select Committee report has recommended that Premier League clubs should not use betting firms as shirt sponsors.

The cross-party committee, set up to look at the impact of the United Kingdom’s gambling industry, also included that by 2023, such sponsors should not be allowed on club shirts. They also encouraged other sports to end shirt betting sponsorship in three years says such sponsors on Championship club shirts should be phased out by 2023.

This season, half of Premier League clubs and 17 of 24 Championship clubs are sponsored by betting firms.

The recommendations are part of a 192-page report warning more needs to be done to prevent gambling-related harm, with the Gambling Act 2005 currently under review by ministers.

Campaigners believe betting has been normalised within football and can lead to addiction.

The committee’s recommendations also state: “There should be no gambling advertising in or near any sports grounds or sports venues, including sports programmes.”

The recommendations are part of a 192-page report warning more needs to be done to prevent gambling-related harm, with the Gambling Act 2005 currently under review by ministers.

Campaigners believe betting has been normalised within football and can lead to addiction.

The committee’s recommendations also state: “There should be no gambling advertising in or near any sports grounds or sports venues, including sports programmes.”

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