EFL urge Government not to ban gambling sponsorship

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A House of Lords committee report suggested Premier League clubs should not allow betting firms on their shirts.

The cross-party committee set up to analyse the impact of the UK’s gambling industry, asked such sponsors be phased out by 2023, and other sports end shirt betting sponsorship in three years. 

The recommendations were part of a 192-page report suggesting that a lot more has to be done in order to prevent gambling-related harm, with the Gambling Act 2005 under review by ministers.

The report said removing betting sponsorship entirely would “not unduly harm Premier League clubs but it would very probably have a serious effect on smaller clubs.”

The English Football League (EFL) noted that gambling sector contributes £40m a season to the league and its clubs and with the financial problems of the coronavirus pandemic, this “significant” contribution is “as important now as it has ever been”. In a statement it also highlighted that working to prevent gambling problems with betting companies is of “greater benefit” than a ban.