Christian charity calls for rethink on gambling adverts on football shirts

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CARE’s CEO Nola Leach told Premier that by having gambling adverts on many football strips this season the betting agencies are ignoring the guidance that says it should not be made appealing to under 18s.

Derby will be sponsored by 32Red, Newcastle’s away strip has ‘Fun88’ on and Crystal Palace’s by ManBetX – all betting agencies. 

Leach said: “I think there’s a real problem with gambling adverts on football shirts for a variety of reasons. It’s the way that the book makers and the gambling industry are side-stepping advertising betting to children.

“We know there are 430,000 adult problem gamblers in the UK…but what is really disturbing is that it’s estimated that there are 370,000 11-16 year olds who gamble on a weekly basis – 25,000 are classed as ‘problem gamblers’.

“What we’re doing with this is normalising gambling. Young people and children see their heroes…and the gambling adverts are on the back of their shirts…and make them think it’s harmless and it’s just something that people do.”

Explaining why she doesn’t agree with gambling Leach said: “For many, it’s seen as just harmless fun – and it might be for one or two people – but actually the problem is it becomes addictive and certain people with addictive natures, but others as well,…

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