Concern as almost half of Premier League shirts feature betting companies this seasonGambling
Just under half of Premier League shirt sponsors are betting companies this season, prompting concern that clubs aren't taking gambling-related harms seriously.
The study also found that a total of 19 clubs partner with betting firms in some way, meaning ads will appear on official channels such as websites and stadium noticeboards, if not on strips.
Leicester City has the most gambling sponsors this season with four seperate betting partners followed by Spurs, which has three. Only one club in the Premier League, Norwich City, appears to have no official links to betting firms, after scrapping BK8 as its main sponsor in June.
By contrast, the number of betting-related shirt sponsors in the Championship has dropped significantly. Just 6 teams host a betting company on their strip this season compared to 17 in 2018. However, 15 clubs out of 24 still partner with betting firms in some way.
Responding to the news, CARE's Chief Communications Officer James Mildred said:
The news comes after a reported rise in gambling-related harms during the coronavirus pandemic. A study in May this year suggested that online gambling soared in 2020, with regular gamblers more than six times more likely to gamble online.
Last year a House of Lords report found that there were a third of a million problem gamblers in the UK, with young people being most at risk.
The report also found that 60% of gambling companies' profits come from the 5% of customers who are already problem gamblers, or who are at risk of becoming so.
Mr Mildred continued:
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