The Football Association to "cease all sponsorships with betting companies"

The FA has announced that it has ended all of its current sponsorship deals with betting companies which includes a long-term deal with Ladbrokes Casino.

While sponsorship deals will be no more, the Football Association does have plans to continue to work with Ladbrokes and other betting companies as they share information on suspect betting patterns and help in regulating the game.

The decision follows a three-month review into the governing body's relationship with gambling firms.

THE ENGLISH FOOTBALL Association (FA) has chose to end all sponsorship with betting companies.

Following an internal management review, FA governance has deemed the sponsorship to be inappropriate as the body has to act as supervisor for the sport's integrity and its player behaviour.

'I raised the relationship between betting and football at the start of the season when I took over as chairman, When this paper is produced the FA board will take a measured decision on what our position should be.

At the time, the Barton (34) stated that he was "addicted to gambling" having placed 1,260 bets on football matches between 26 March 2006 and 13 May 2016.

Past year half of the teams in the Premier League were sponsored by gambling companies, with AFC Bournemouth recently agreeing a deal with Online casino M88 ahead of the start of the 2017/18 season.

Those shirt deals alone were worth nearly €40 million in total last season although the combined amount earned by the 20 clubs is substantially more.

Eleven teams in the Premier League had betting company logos on their shirts last season, while Sky Bet are title sponsors of the three divisions in the Football League.

Martin Glenn is the Chief Executive of the FA who thanked Ladbrokes for being a valued partner for the past year and for their professionalism as well as understanding about the change of policy involving gambling.

Jim Mullen, chief executive of Ladbrokes Coral Group, commented: "We understand the FA's decision regarding their commercial partnerships on gambling".

Vanessa Coleman

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