The Church of England has slammed English football star Wayne Rooney’s deal with a gambling company.
Following the deal with the derby county, Roonie will be getting £90,000 weekly wage paid by online casino 32Red and will also wear the number 32 jersey for the Championship side.
Dr. Alan Smith, the Bishop of St Albans, condemned Rooney’s decision and said that he should consider his fans over bank balance.
“Players need to start using their considerable power to reject gambling’s influence on football,” the Church’s gambling spokesman told the Daily Mail.
Rooney, the former England captain has been facing criticism from across the globe – some international players and also members of the parliament have criticized Rooney’s deal.
Dr. Smith, a peer and member of the parliamentary select committee inquiry into gambling-related harm, added: “Coleen Rooney is reportedly angry with Wayne’s decision to wear a football shirt adorned the front and back with gambling ads, and so am I.
“Football needs to wake-up to the fact their shirt sponsorship deals will have a negative impact on the welfare of many of their fans, particularly children.”
“More children gamble each week than drink, smoke or take drugs. This generational scandal sees young people immersed in social media and tech platforms where the gambling industry relentlessly promote their products as part of a £1.5bn annual spend.”
Gambling addiction amongst children and teenagers has been on the rise in the UK. A recent report from the UKGC reveals that the number of children with compulsive gambling issues has increased by 400 percent over the past two years.