The Football Supporters Association (FSA) have just conducted a study that revealed fans worries about Premier League club’s association with gambling ahead of the new season.
There have been laws put in place that mean gambling sponsorships in football will be banned over the next few years, but fans are concerned about the current exposure of gambling in the beautiful game.
Football clubs across England have agreed to the new white paper on gambling act, which will remove all gambling sponsorships from the front of players’ shirts.
However the deal won’t come into place until 2027, which means that some clubs still playing with gambling sponsors on their shirts will still be allowed to play in them for two more seasons.
The FSA published new findings from a fan survey this week, with supporters asked questions included a variety of statements with which fans had to disagree, agree or stay neutral.
The survey found that approximately 10,000 fans showed concerns over gambling sponsorships in the game, with 73.1% of the fans supporting a statement saying they are concerned about the “amount of gambling advertising and sponsorship” within the sport.
As well as that, 88.2% of the fans supported the idea of an independent regulator that ensures soccer clubs “are run sustainably.”
Plenty of Premier League sides still display gambling sponsors on their shirts, including Brentford who just signed a new two year deal with Hollywoodbets lasting until 2025.
Current Premier League sides with gambling sponsorships
- Bournemouth – Dafabet
- Brentford – Hollywoodbets
- Everton – Stake.com
- Fulham – W88
- Leeds – SBOTOP
- Newcastle – Fun88
- Southampton – Sportsbet.io
- West Ham – Betway