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Labour wants betting firm logos taken off footie shirts.

Byline: BEN GLAZE Deputy Political Editor

FOOTBALL teams should be barred from advertising gambling firms on their shirts, Labour urged last night.

Deputy Leader Tom Watson said the sport must "play its part" by taking on gambling addiction in the UK.

The party says 25 of 92 League clubs, and nine of 20 Premier League teams have shirt sponsorship deals with gambling companies. Among the Premier League sides are Everton, Newcastle United and Swansea City.

Recent figures showed two million gamblers are hooked or at risk of addiction, with more than 400,000 already deemed problem punters, Mr Watson, also Shadow Culture Secretary, said: "Shirt sponsorship sends a message clubs don't take fans' problem gambling seriously enough, and it puts betting brands in front of supporters of all ages."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 7, 2017
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