Operators are supporting soccer teams in the country even though it is still not legal to bet on sports. This is starting to cause problems between the soccer organization and the gambling regulators.
The financing of soccer in the country is done by bookmakers. The University of Chile is one of the clubs that has been sponsored by several.
An investigation by the Center for Journalistic Research found a link with a businessman from Argentina. The various relationships are being defended by the National Association of Professional Soccer (ANFP), for its Spanish acronym.
ANFP is defending their sponsorship
During the presentation of a new security plan in the ANFP and the CIPER report, a representative of some bookmakers was acknowledged by the soccer boss of the country. He claims that this is a private negotiation of the clubs in which the ANFP does not participate.
The organization needs to set boundaries on the participation of soccer sponsors. He points out that the ANFP does not have to cut off the relationships.
Soccer is very diverse in many aspects and the representatives take the opportunity to cover all the areas that they legally can. The current environment doesn’t preclude betting operators from backing teams, even though he feels that sports betting legalization must come no matter what.
If something breaks the law, it is illegal. There is no law or regulation that specifically prohibits these types of sponsorship arrangements.
A sponsorship ban is a bad idea
He defended his position again before the Sports Commission of the Chamber of Deputies. He criticized the bill that seeks to limit online bookmakers, saying that it is wrong to blame soccer for a country’s gambling.
Instead of banning, Milad would like to see the introduction of smart regulations. A proposal has been prepared by the ANFP that would allow sports and sports gambling to enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship.
The legislation could provide a cushion should the ban go forward. The front-of-shirt ban is likely to be voluntary, but the new controls will be gradually introduced over three years. A similar three-year roll out is what the ANFP hopes for.
Online gambling is against the law
The head of the Legal Division of the Superintendency of Gambling Casinos warned that the development of online gambling is illegal in the country. In his opinion, this makes sponsorships illegal as well.
More than 30 claims have been sent to the Public Ministry by Zrate’s agency related to web platforms that operate illegal online gambling sites. In May and September of last year, it sent to the Council of Self-Regulation and Advertising Ethics and the ANFP reports about the exploitation of online games in the country.
According to Zrate, the conclusion is that the law prohibits any activity that the government considers illegal. The promotion and advertising of an activity is included in this.
Follow through with the legislation and make a decision is the easiest way to put the subject to rest. Unless Chile specifically addresses the topic in the discussion, sponsorships are not likely to go away.
Chile’s National Association of Professional Soccer (ANFP) has defended its sponsorship of clubs after an investigation by the Center for Journalistic Research (CIPER) uncovered a link with Argentine businessman Fernando Felicevich. Felicevich is a representative of some bookmakers. However, ANFP chief Pablo Milad said that this is a “private negotiation of the clubs” in which the ANFP does not participate.