A ban could soon come in place stopping football clubs from using gambling logos on their shirts as part of a massive shake-up of sports advertising, it is reported.
The Government are weighing up a blanket ban on betting firm kit sponsorships, according to the Times, a move that would hit Premier League and Championship clubs the hardest.
Teams from the top two divisions rake in around £110million a year from shirt deals with gambling companies.
Currently, eight top-flight teams out of 20 have their shirt sponsored by betting firms – Burnley, Crystal Palace, Fulham, Leeds, Newcastle, Southampton, West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
West Ham have a £10m-a-year deal with Betway, Leeds United's deal with SBOTOP is worth £7.8m per season, while Newcastle are paid £7.5m a year by Fun88. In the Championship, there were 16 out of 24 sides who had betting partners last season.
Sports such as snooker, darts and boxing would also be dealt a blow if the ban comes into play as partnerships with gambling companies featuring heavily.
Sports officials have been warned by civil servants that a crackdown is on its way, it goes on, with ministers ‘increasingly concerned' about gambling addiction.
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