Gambling sponsorship ban on football shirts to be dropped, report says

The government will not comment on a report that it will drop a plan to ban football shirt gambling sponsors.

A Times report says proposals to ban football clubs from allowing betting companies to display their logos on tape will not be included in recommendations for an upcoming gambling law review . Previously, it was suggested that the idea would be included in the White Paper. But The Times says that recommendation has been dropped in favor of Premier League clubs entering into a voluntary deal.

In the Premier League last season, nine out of 20 clubs had a betting company’s logo on the front of their shirt. They include Newcastle United.

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Campaigners have called for a ban due to fears that fans, including children, will be “bombarded” with gambling adverts. The logos are not included on the replica kits for children, but they are on adult shirts and on the stripes that teams wear while playing.

A spokesperson for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) said it did not comment on the speculation, but added in a statement: “We are undertaking the most comprehensive review gambling laws in 15 years to ensure they are fit for the digital age.

“We will publish a white paper as part of a review of gambling legislation in the coming weeks.”

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