Football is addicted to gambling – and it’s harming children

 ‘Football is described as an ‘immersive environment’ for gambling.’ Photograph: John Stillwell/PA


Gambling advertisements during football matches will be regulated in terms of the time and place they could be accessed, in an initiative to protect minors from problem gambling in the UK. Despite these restrictions, the author argues that gambling companies will exploit its loopholes, thus rendering the new rules futile. Even if the ads are banned, gambling will invariably be alluded to other forms, such as the players’ shirtfronts. The author also argues that gambling is so closely tied to the football experience, as many football fans enjoy betting on the games. All this suggests that in order to solve problem gambling, it would require more than simply placing time restrictions on its advertisements.

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