The Football Supporters Association have carried about a survey as part of GambleAware’s Bet Regret Campaign and discovered that football clubs have to do much more in order to educate their fans about the hazards and risks of excessive gambling.
During the survey, supporters were asked about whether they think that their beloved club is doing sufficient work to educate supporters on the risks of gambling. Only 10% gave a positive approval and felt that their clubs are doing enough. 13% of respondents said that they are satisfied with their club being sponsored by a gambling company.
Supporters were critical of betting companies sponsoring individual players. 84% of participants in the survey highlighted that it goes too far and that companies need to think carefully before entering such partnerships.
“Football clubs are not like any other business – they are an integral part of many match-going supporters’ lives and have a duty of care. It’s clear fans want their clubs to do more on educating their supporters about the risks of gambling and alongside GambleAware we’ll be pushing clubs, particularly those with prominent gambling sponsors, to do better,” Kevin Miles, chief executive of FSA said.