Spain is inching towards banning gambling adverts across the country after the country’s civic ombudsman called for restricting gambling ads.
The Spanish government has confirmed that it will consider the recommendations made by the country’s civic ombudsman.
According to the reports from the local media, the government will soon be drafting a ‘Royal Decree’ to introduce restrictions on gambling adverts through a federal law which will hold good for all Spanish provinces.
It is also being reported that Spain’s Ministry of Finance has approved the recommendations made by the civic Ombudsman.
There have been mixed reactions from the industry stakeholders. The betting operators have criticized the Ombudsman’s recommendations and said that it is based on a ‘misinformed agenda.’
It was in May when Spain’s Acting Ombudsman, Francisco Fernández Marugán, said that he wanted a ban on gambling adverts in the country.
Recently, Spain’s Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), the country’s gambling regulator announced that its sports betting licensees “will not be able to include in their program of events those that are played exclusively or predominantly by minors.”
The DGOJ said that the new measure is “based on the best interests of the minor.” The gambling watchdog said that it wants to ensure the “healthy participation” of kids in sports.