UK Could Follow Italy And Ban Gambling Adverts On Football Shirts

UK Could Follow Italy And Ban Gambling Adverts On Football Shirts

UK Government ministers are to announce a review on the Gambling Act 2005 in what is being described as the biggest shake-up of betting and gaming laws for 15 years.

The review proposals follow scrutiny and criticism from charities, members of the public and opposition Members of Parliament to the Conservative Government regarding gambling and betting organisations being able to advertise and sponsor football shirts.

With the rise of gambling activity over the last five to ten years, there has been increased backlash and pressure from charities who help gambling addicts to break the link between betting and football.

The Gambling Act 2005, which was introduced by the Labour Party is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom that is designed to control all forms of gambling, including betting.

However, the legislation review could mean the introduction of tighter restrictions to football clubs in England and Wales from being sponsored by betting and casino firms.

Two years ago, it was reported that as many as one in six football teams in the United Kingdom received sponsorship money from gambling firms and despite the logos being removed on replica kits of minors, many children wear adult sized shirts and are therefore showing the gambling logos.

Gambling adverts, including football sponsorship are currently banned from Italian football teams.

However, in England and Wales, the amount of teams that are sponsored by gambling organisations was described as disturbing in 2018 by GambleAware.

Some of the football shirts that currently carry a gambling sponsor logo include; West Ham, Norwich City, Newcastle United, Swansea City, Derby County and Stoke City.

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