The Labour party have announced their intention to ban football teams from having their shirts sponsored by gambling firms if they were elected into power, amid various breaches of gambling rules in football.
Controversy arose when Joey Barton breached the current FA regulations over 1000 times, resulting in an 18-month ban being awarded to him earlier this year. Since then, there have been questions over whether football teams should be sponsored by companies that, legally, they are not allowed to use the services of.
Labour say that they would have to work with the FA to make their proposal come to fruition but are confident that it would be backed by the nation’s football governing body.
15 Football League clubs (list at the bottom of the article) are currently sponsored by gambling firms and, as a result, would have to pull out of those sponsorship deals. It remains to be seen what financial impact this could have on the teams and the companies themselves, but figures show that gambling on football was worth a record £1.4bn to bookmakers over a 12-month period.
The Football League teams that would be affected by the new restrictions are: Aston Villa (Unibet), Birmingham City (888 Sport), Blackburn Rovers (Dafabet), Bolton Wanderers (Betfred), Brentford (Leo Vagas), Burton Albion (Tempo Bet), Charlton Athletic (Betdaq), Fulham (GrosvenorCasinos.com), Hull City (Sport Pesa), Leeds United (32Red), Norwich City (Leo Vagas), Nottingham Forest (888 Sport), Preston North End (Tempobet), Queens Park Rangers (Royal Panda), Sunderland (Dafabet).