A letter from over 100 people affected by gambling harm has been published by The Big Step, a campaign calling for an end to gambling adverts and sponsorship in football.
The letter cited concerns regarding the upcoming vote, stating that “relying on clubs to self-regulate has not worked so far”, then going on to highlight concerns over the number of gambling adverts shown in Premier League games.
The group stressed that it is not anti-gambling, that it is not trying to completely end the relationship between gambling and football, and that it should not be promoted, especially in a globally-adored league where young people make up a quarter of the audience.
Gambling firms W88 and Stake recently signed partnerships with two English football clubs. These moves cast doubt on the commitment of both clubs to reducing the presence of gambling advertisements in football.
Crystal Palace chose to forgo a partnership with W88 in May 2022, instead choosing car retailer Cinch as the team’s front-of- shirt sponsor.
The gambling advertisement debate is unknown whether this was a factor in the decision.
The continued delay of the Government’s Gambling Act review White Paper, which has been postponed due to opposition from senior Government members and then again by the Conservative Party leadership contest, was expressed in the letter.
The vote on a ban on gambling advertisements in football will take place in September, with reports suggesting that clubs will back the ban if certain conditions are met.
The Big Step, a campaign calling for an end to gambling adverts and sponsorship in football, has published a letter from over 100 people affected by gambling harm ahead of September’s vote. The letter cited concerns regarding the upcoming vote, stating that “relying on clubs to self-regulate has not worked so far”.