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Coronavirus: gambling firms urged to impose betting cap of £50 a day

MPs express concern that gamblers are being directed to riskier wagers in absence of mainstream sport during Covid-19 crisisCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMPs have implored online gambling firms to impose a temporary bettin…

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Revealed: full scale of football tickets being resold on StubHub at huge profit

€1.5m of tickets for one Liverpool game sold or advertisedCondemnation from top clubs, sports minister and fansPremier League clubs, the sports minister and football fans have condemned StubHub, as data emerged that uncovers for the first time the scal…

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Revealed: full scale of football tickets being resold on StubHub at huge profit

€1.5m of tickets for one Liverpool game sold or advertisedCondemnation from top clubs, sports minister and fansPremier League clubs, the sports minister and football fans have condemned StubHub, as data emerged that uncovers for the first time the scal…

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Barcelona head Deloitte Money League for first time as top clubs rake in £8bn

Barça become first club to report revenues of €800mChampions League run puts Spurs top of London clubsBarcelona topped a list of the world’s most money-spinning football clubs for the first time in an annual league table that also outlined the shifting…

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Gambling sites take short-term hit for better long-term reputations

Owning broadcast access to FA Cup games must have been a money-spinner or it wasn’t worth doingThere have been VAR reviews that took longer than it did for gambling firms to wilt in the heat of widespread fury at their exclusive deal to broadcast dozen…

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How the betting industry has become inextricably linked to football | Rob Davies

Through sponsorship and advertising,the gambling industry has successfully and deeply hitched itself to the world’s most popular gameIt should come as no surprise that the gambling industry has hitched itself to the world’s most popular game. Here are …

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Concern over gambling branding on children’s pages in football programmes

Programmes saturated with adverts and brandingResearchers particularly concerned by logos on children’s pagesFootball clubs’ matchday programmes are saturated with gambling adverts and branding, including on pages aimed at children, according to a stud…

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Alleged tout given suspended sentence over sale of Wimbledon tickets

Luke McKay refused to comply with court order to hand over details of past transactionsAn alleged tout who said he would rather go to prison than “grass up” his boss, who prosecutors claim is a reality TV star, has been handed a six-month suspended pri…

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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…