PM's Curbs on Gambling Could be 'Catastrophic'
While Johnson is expected to impose restrictions on internet gambling, football shirt logos won't be banned.
Boris Johnson is implementing laws governing online gambling companies to prevent the devastating effects of gambling. While Johnson is expected to impose restrictions on internet gambling, football shirt logos won't be banned.
Given that almost half of Premier League clubs were sponsored by bookmakers last year, they have, instead, rejected that idea in hopes of a voluntary understanding between clubs.
A spokesperson for the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) said it did not comment on speculation, but added the following in a statement:
“We are undertaking the most comprehensive review of gambling laws in 15 years to ensure they are fit for the digital age.
“We will be publishing a White Paper as part of a review of gambling legislation in the coming weeks.”
Ministers will release a review of the 17-year-old gaming legislation with the aim of stopping further risk to customers with addiction. The legislation will try to protect vulnerable customers from further debt by encouraging gambling companies to be responsible and limit attractive offers. These include free bets and packages that tempt customers into spending more.
Additionally, measures could be taken to make sure that gamblers are less likely to suffer significant losses and face future difficulties by introducing affordability checks.
Although stricter laws will soon be implemented online, the government will loosen its rules for traditional, high street-based casinos. The government estimates that the new regulations might result in a decline of more than £700 million in online sales.
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