Forest Green became the first professional club in England to call for a ban on gambling sponsorship

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Forest Green Rovers will become the first professional club in England to call for a ban on gambling sponsorship and advertising, as chairman Dale Vince says it is an ‘abuse of football and its fans’.

  • Forest Green is the first club in England to advocate a ban on gambling sponsorship
  • As it stands, the government is currently revising the 2005 Gambling Act
  • This can prevent betting logos from appearing on football shirts
  • League Two Side Forest Green supports a blanket ban on gambling in football

Forest Green have become the first professional club in England to publicly call for a ban on gambling sponsorship and advertising in football.

The government is currently reviewing the Gambling Act of 2005, which could prevent betting logos from appearing on football shirts.

Such regulation would be strongly contested by the EFL, but League Two’s Forest Green, which has already refused to take on gambling sponsorship, is in favor of a blanket ban on gambling.

Forest Green has become the first professional club in England to publicly call for a ban on gambling sponsorship and advertising in football (photo used above)

Forest Green chairman Dale Vince said: “It’s as if gambling has taken over football. When you watch a game on TV you are inundated with ads – betting logos are on nearly half of the Premier League shirts and constantly flashing on the side boards of the field.

‘The fun had already ended for me. This is abuse of football and football fans. ‘

Forest Green has joined forces with the Big Step campaign, part of the Gambling with Lives charity, which was set up to support survivors through gambling-related damage.

Forest Green chairman Dale Vince (above) says it is 'abuse of football and football fans'

Forest Green chairman Dale Vince (above) says it is ‘abuse of football and football fans’

James Grimes, founder of the Big Step, said: “We are delighted with the support of Forest Green Rovers. This is a crucial time to bring about a meaningful gambling reform in the UK.

“Our outdated gambling laws need to change, especially with the exponential rise in online gambling.

Sponsorship of sports events by tobacco companies is prohibited and we believe that gambling should be the same.

“To be really effective, shirt sponsorships, stadium promotions and other branding should not be visible during matches.”

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