Spain set to ban gambling ads on clubs’ football shirts

13 Jul 2020

Gambling companies are set to be banned from featuring on football teams' shirts, starting season 2020/2021. This new ruling comes as part of the Royal Decree on Advertising, approved by the country's minister of consumer affairs, Alberto Garzon, which was just recently presented to the European Commission. There are currently eight La Liga clubs with a gambling company as their jersey sponsor, Sevilla, Mallorca, Valencia, Leganes, Alaves, Granada, Levante and Osasuna. 

If the proposed regulation gets approved, Spanish sports betting companies' welcome bonuses will also be affected, since they will be practically discontinued, and will only be available to punters who have been owning a betting account for at least one month, and made a minimum of three deposits in it. Stadium naming will also be banned, as well as the use of celebrities on betting companies' tv ads. Allowing pitch-side gambling ads will however remain at the discretion of local authorities. Lastly, the TV 1am-5am window will remain intact for operators to be advertised. The measures are expected to be in place by the start of the new football season.     

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