A local campaign has been launched in Britain by football fans to urge clubs to end sponsorship by gambling companies. Football Supporters Against Gambling Advertising, which includes people recovering from gambling addiction and families bereaved of gambling-related suicide, has submitted more than 20 petitions.
The campaign group hopes to get one million signatures and wants clubs across the country to cancel all existing gambling partnerships and pledge to reject future advertising deals, BA Media reported today.
“Nowhere is the pernicious presence of gambling more felt than in football, which serves as the ‘hook’ that attracts promising youngsters for the first time and prepares them for lifelong gambling addiction,” a statement from the group said.
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