Spain’s consumer affairs minister is outraged that top-flight clubs are flouting an impending ban on gambling sponsorships. The law changes in October to prevent football teams having links with betting companies.
Spain’s consumer affairs minister has strongly criticised several La Liga clubs for ignoring the upcoming ban on gambling sponsorships in the country. Alberto Garzón introduced his Royal Decree to the European Commission and Spain’s Council of State and if passed, will become law in October. In a radio interview with Cadena Ser, Garzón complained that “reckless” La Liga clubs were agreeing to new front-of-shirt sponsorship deals and others were extending existing deals.
The consumer affairs minister said: “It is coming out that clubs change their sponsorship and sign for bookmakers. This is very important, and everyone will have to change.”
“Some have exercised responsibility by cancelling them, others have shown recklessness by renewing for three years with bookmaker companies. They have done it knowing that this prohibition will exist from October,” said Garzón.
Betway recently signed a two-year deal to become the official shirt sponsor of Real Betis and also reached a renewal agreement with relegated CD Leganés. Under the terms of these deals, the Betway logo will be displayed on the club’s shirts, and advertisements will be shown around the perimeter of