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Advert for gambling app banned for using young footballers

Football Index accepts it broke code by using players under 25 such as Jadon Sancho A Facebook advert for a gambling app featuring young football players including Raheem Sterling, Jadon Sancho and Kylian Mbappé has been banned by the advertising regul…

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Chelsea win high court injunctions against 11 ticket touts

Club says they are sending a message to touts around groundOne tout given six-month jail sentenceChelsea have taken legal action against 11 ticket touts, resulting in a six-month jail term for one, after catching them in the act thanks to an undercover…

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Gambling advert ban takes effect from start of Ashes

No gambling adverts will be shown during live sport televised before 9pm watershedA ban on gambling adverts during televised sport has come into effect, with the Ashes cricket series between England and Australia becoming the first major UK sporting ev…

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Half of Premier League clubs to have gambling sponsors for 2019/20

Clubs stand to earn nearly £350m from sponsorship17 of 24 Championship clubs will have gambling sponsorsHalf of the Premier League’s shirts will be emblazoned with a gambling company’s logo during the 2019/20 season, reigniting concern about the normal…

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Wimbledon seats up for sale on resale sites for thousands of pounds

Listings on sites including Viagogo criticised for not displaying seat numbersOwners of highly prized debenture seats at Wimbledon are reselling hundreds of tickets every year via resale sites such as Viagogo to tennis fans who may have no idea where t…

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Sun and sport to boost UK beer and pizza sales this weekend

Eating and drinking frenzy expected due to events including cricket World Cup and Champions League finalSports fans drinking alcohol, ordering takeaways and firing up their barbecues are set to provide pubs, supermarkets and off-licences with a multimi…

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Ladbrokes owner proposes ban on gambling ads linked to sport

GVC to end sponsorship deals that promote its brands on football shirts or pitchside The owner of Ladbrokes, GVC, the UK’s largest gambling company, has broken ranks with the rest of the industry by announcing a series of proposals to protect problem g…

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Chelsea launch legal campaign to crack down on ticket touts at Stamford Bridge

Premier League club secured injunctions against two menChelsea are responding to complaints from the publicChelsea have launched a groundbreaking legal campaign to stamp out ticket touting, the Guardian can reveal, in a move expected to herald a wider …

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Sky Bet criticised for featuring gambling addict Paul Merson in adverts

Company says it no longer uses pundit in promotional material Campaigners say betting firms should stop using sport starsSky Bet has come under fire for using Paul Merson in its adverts despite his well-documented struggles with gambling addiction.The …

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Sky Bet criticised for featuring gambling addict Paul Merson in adverts

Company says it no longer uses pundit in promotional material Campaigners say betting firms should stop using sport starsSky Bet has come under fire for using Paul Merson in its adverts despite his well-documented struggles with gambling addiction.The …

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Vince Cable urges Premiership Rugby to ditch sponsor in racism row

Gallagher chief executive admitted making a racist comment about departing employeeSir Vince Cable has written to Premiership Rugby urging the organisation to consider ending a sponsorship deal with insurer Gallagher, after its UK boss made a racist co…

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Local rugby clubs face losing ticket allocations in Six Nations resale row

Tickets given to clubs such as Rosslyn Park found on ViagogoFans pay over odds for tickets that are later deemed invalidSix Nations tickets that appeared on the resale website Viagogo for inflated prices were leaked via local rugby clubs, it has emerge…

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Ladbrokes staff told to sign gamblers to online accounts to avoid redundancy

Bookmaker to close 1,000 of its 3,500 shops with redundancies decided by ranking systemBookmaker Ladbrokes Coral is telling shop staff to sign up as many gamblers as possible to online accounts if they want to avoid being among 5,000 employees it plans…

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Ladbrokes wooed problem gambler – then paid victims £1m

Exclusive: bookmaker agreed to payments in return for a pledge not to inform watchdogOne of Britain’s biggest bookmakers agreed to pay £1m to the victims of a problem gambler who had stolen the money he was using to bet, in return for a pledge not to i…

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UK betting firms back live sports advertising ban

Online gambling firms such as Bet365, William Hill and Ladbrokes agree ban amid fears of impact on children Online gambling companies have agreed to a voluntary “whistle-to-whistle” ban on advertising during live sports, in an effort to address concern…

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Government’s FOBT decision influenced by ‘discredited’ report

Documents seen by the Guardian cast doubt on whether figures should ever have played part in policyThe government’s controversial decision not to cut stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to £2 until October 2019 was influenced by a …

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Sports minister resigns over chancellor’s delay to gambling curb

Tracey Crouch launched review that cut fixed-odds betting terminal stakes from £100 maximum to £2Sports minister Tracey Crouch is understood to have resigned after the government refused to bring forward plans to curb controversial fixed-odds betting t…

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Labour pledges ban on TV gambling adverts during live sports

Tom Watson announces a number of policies designed to tackle addiction ‘epidemic’ Gambling companies will be banned from advertising on television during live sports if Labour wins the next general election, as part of a crackdown designed to tackle an…

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What does Stan Kroenke’s takeover of Arsenal mean for the club?

Arsenal supporters have voiced fears about Stan Kroenke’s takeover – but are they right to be concerned? The first thing to note about Stan Kroenke’s takeover is that it cannot be stopped. The American already owns 67% and has secured an irrevocable co…

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Spread-betting firm to lose £30,000 after open goal on World Cup offer

Sporting Index accused of unfair play after limiting size of bets once it knew of errorSporting Index, the UK’s largest spread-betting firm, stands to lose tens of thousands of pounds to an avid high-stakes gambler after miscalculating a novelty World …