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Gambling Firms on Football Shirts: Is it really that bad?

It is a way of life when it comes to football now. The average football fan over 18 will tend to be betting on matches across the English leagues and even over Europe. However, the growing number of clubs being sponsored by gambling firms is something that is being disputed, to the point that the Labour party have recently announced they would abolish football teams from having gambling firms as their shirt sponsors all together should they get into power.

Controversy occurred this year when it was announced that footballer, Joey Barton, had broken the FA betting regulations over 1000 times to which he is now serving an 18-month ban for and this is something that the Labour party thinks football clubs are apart of. Almost half of the Premier League clubs have a gambling firm as their shirt sponsor and Labour’s shadow culture secretary Mr Watson believes this has negative connotations when he said this week: “Shirt sponsorship sends out a message that football clubs don’t take problem gambling among their own fans seriously enough,”

“It puts gambling brands in front of fans of all ages, not just at matches but on broadcasts and highlights packages on both commercial television and the BBC.”

A government review is currently underway on the impact of gambling advertisement on children and vulnerable people. This is due to the massive exposure that football is reportedly giving betting machines. 15 football league clubs also have betting companies as their shirt sponsor and it does not stop there. As well as having 32Red as their shirt sponsor, Championship side Leeds also have a partnership with Ladbrokes  in which they post ‘betting previews’ to their official website on match-days. On the Leeds official website on match-day against Nottingham Forest they posted things such as ‘Nailed on’ and ‘Smart money…’ and it is things like this which I can see a massive issue with. Gambling shirt sponsors are likely to never go away unless Labour were to get into power. It remains to be seen how much these deals are actually worth to the football clubs but the gambling in football figures are said to be in the billions. The trouble is with what Leeds and most other football clubs who are partnered with betting companies is that although there may be age restrictions on betting, there are no age restrictions on social media and of course football club’s official websites so anyone can see these ‘betting previews’ including children and vulnerable people and it is sending out the wrong message.

Lets be honest, gambling is fun, too much gambling is dangerous and I do not believe that football clubs can continue this way. Again on one of these betting previews that football clubs are posting on their websites it says things such as ‘Long odds, large returns’ which encourages fans that not only can they win these large returns but that also it is easy and on several of these betting previews not at any point does it give a message such as ‘when the fun stops, stop’. Part of these shirt sponsorship deals often will include that the clubs have to do these betting previews on their websites and social media. I have never seen a problem with shirt sponsorship’s with gambling firms but it is only when you look at the detail that you realise there could be a problem there.

I do not think it needs to go as far as banning gambling shirt sponsors as I reiterate that gambling is not a bad thing. Promoting it to children and whoever else however, is a bad thing and there needs to be a line where it can become controlled and actually gets the right message across.

Mark Warburton should look to sign this former Premier League defender

Nottingham Forest have been in good form at the start of the Championship season, winning 3 out of their first 5 games. 

After a summer which saw no fewer than 12 new faces arrive at the football club, it is clear to see that manager Mark Warburton wanted to put his own stamp on the team and bring in players that would benefit his style of play.

So far picking up 9 out of a possible 15 points, the players have bought into the managers way of playing and are proving to be a success on the pitch, but one side of the game which is letting the club down is defensively as they have leaked 8 goals already this term.

Having the worst defensive record out of the top 6 clubs, saw Warburton head into the loan market and sign Adam Federici from AFC Bournemouth on deadline day, to help bolster the ranks and bring in a goalkeeper who knows the league having played at Championship level with Reading.

The club have plenty of choices within their defensive ranks as they have the likes of Jack Hobbs, Matt Mills and Michael Mancienne available for selection at centre half, but after conceding an alarming number of goals early on in the season the club should turn to the experienced Kolo Toure.

Kolo Toure – The former Ivory Coast international who has won 2 Premier League trophies and 4 FA Cups in his career, was released by Celtic at the end of last season after not being offered a new contract, leaving himself looking for a new club.

Having played for Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool, Toure certainly knows the English game well and from his career accolades shows he has had success in the Premier League and also the Scottish Premier League at Celtic.

This winning mentality and vast of amount of experience could be what Nottingham Forest need to make sure they gain at least a play-off spot this season and also to helped them improve defensively.

Nottingham Forest fans would you like to see Kolo Toure at the City Ground? Would he improve your defence? Let us know in the comments section…