Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Betting sponsors to be banned from the front of the shirt in the Premier League


The Premier League clubs had held a discussion at the Shareholder’s meeting on Thursday to discuss the impact of gambling sponsorship the clubs had on the front of their shirts. However, Caughtoffside has revealed that an agreement has been reached between the respective authorities.

The current Premier League is only 6 weeks away from concluding. And it has been everything the fans would have wanted in their presence. After the pandemic hit, it was decided that football would be continuing without the biggest ingredient, the audience. Everyone was sure that the 2020-21 season would be a dull one. Boy were they wrong.

In fact, this was one of the most entertaining seasons in a long time. We have had unexpected results along with many surprising teams climbing spots. At one point, it was an 8-way battle for the League title. If it wasn’t for Manchester City astonishing 15-match winning streak, we could have been on our seats till the last match was played.

Although they haven’t won the title yet, that streak proved to be a huge bonus. The Cityzens are 11 points ahead 2nd placed Manchester United. The top-2 spots will definitely be shared by the Manchester clubs as their form doesn’t look like dropping. However, it is going to be an intense battle for the remaining European spots.

A total of 6 teams are battling toe-to-toe which can be only decided once the final fixture is completed. An unexpected team is also in the battle, with a Champions League spot clearly looking achievable for them.

West Ham are currently 5th in the Premier League, level on points with 4th placed Chelsea. However, things can turn either way as both of them face each other today.

Premier League have decided the fate of betting sponsors

The football clubs using the unfair culture and displaying betting sponsors to gain funds has been a topic of discussion for a long time. But recently, the intensity of this topic has been increased as the Premier League finally look to put an end to this.

“We are currently undertaking a comprehensive review of gambling laws to make sure they are fit for the digital age and a public call for evidence is open for contributions.

“We are determined to tackle problem gambling in all its forms and the work will build upon our strong track record of introducing measures to protect those at risk.” – A spokesperson for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) told Sky Sports.

However, this was told 2 days before the scheduled meeting on Thursday. The latest update suggests that talks have been held related to the impact of betting advertisement on a huge platform. Reliable reports say that the betting agencies and the Premier League authorities have come to an agreement which would see the prior weed out from advertising on the front of the shirt.

This means they will be out at least before the start of the next season. Their advertisement on the billboards will remain for now. The removal is primarily focused on the front of the shirt. However, it will be taken care of later in the future. The Championship, League One and League Two are expected to follow the same step.

Burnley, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Leeds, Newcastle, Southampton, West Ham and Wolves are the clubs that have gambling companies advertising on the front of their shirts. EFL Chairman Rick Parry has stated the ‘catastrophic’ impact it can bring if implemented overnight. It is a serious source of income with at least £40 million received by the clubs.


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