Football Betting
Play • 29 min

Premier League clubs should not be allowed to have betting firms on their shirts, a government report has recommended. This season, half of Premier League clubs and 17 of 24 Championship clubs are sponsored by bookmakers.

The Chair of the report said "most people who gamble, enjoy it safely. However, gambling related-harm has made the lives of two million people miserable. It leads to hundreds of people each year taking their own lives, leaving families and friends devastated."

The report also recommends that there should be no gambling advertising in or near any sports grounds or sports venues, including sports TV programs but restrictions should not take effect for clubs below the Premier League before 2023. The English Football League (EFL) says the gambling sector contributes £40m a season to the league and its clubs and with the financial problems of the coronavirus pandemic, this "significant" contribution is "as important now as it has ever been".






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