An official letter from the Spanish government has told all La Liga clubs that sponsorships with betting companies will be banned from the end of the current season.
Spanish Minister of Consumption, Alberto Garzon’s letter to football clubs follows the approval of laws on Spain’s ‘Royal Decree on Advertising’, a federal bill which permits an advertising window of four hours between 1-5 am for licensed gambling companies, without any exposure outside those hours.
Studies showed a surge in gambling among young people and Spanish ministers believe that the prevalence of betting sponsorships in Spain’s top two leagues is largely to blame.
The decree is thought to have angered clubs, who were hoping to reach a compromise with the Spanish parliament to delay the decision to outlaw sponsors for up to three years until the end of existing contracts, in order to provide respite from the current financial climate.
La Liga currently has seven clubs who’s shirts bare the branding of betting companies, Alaves (Betway), Cadiz (Dafabet), Granada (Winamax), Levante (Betway), Real Betis (Betway), Sevilla (MarathonBet) and Valencia (Bwin).
Spanish football’s second-tier has Girona (MarathonBet) and Leganas (Betway) who have betting companies as their main sponsors.
La Liga itself also has an official partnership with gambling company, Sportium.
Author: Charlie Farmer