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Premier league sponsorship gravy train could end

The world of football is bracing itself for what could be another major financial blow, courtesy of a ban on gambling sponsorship of club shirts within England.

Nothing is set in stone yet, but the government will soon be overhauling the laws governing casinos and bookies in the UK, and the option to have their logos on kits is reportedly on the chopping block, as various gambling industry sources see it as highly likely.

Gambling sponsorship in football has long been a hot potato issue, with passionate arguments being made on both sides. The anti-sponsorship crowd includes prominent politicians like former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith, and campaigners like Matt Zarb-Cousin, director of pressure group Clean Up Gambling. Zarb-Cousin has summed up many people’s sentiments by describing players as “walking billboards for gambling companies”, and voicing concern about children’s exposure to betting site logos.

Eight Premier League clubs including West Ham have gambling Shirt sponsors.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

4 comments on “Premier league sponsorship gravy train could end

  1. Much rather have Burger King than Betway or any other betting firm.

  2. Hope it does end and soon.
    For some betting is an addiction and can lead to a life of misery and debt.
    I’m sure there are plenty of other sponsors out there.

  3. Karren Brady must be terrified. She’ll be knocking on the doors of the local builder’s merchants, scaffolders and so on who currently advertise on Europe’s biggest wraparound screen.

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