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  • FA ‘considering’ relationship with gambling and alcohol firms – Greg Clarke

    The Football Association is “considering” its relationship with gambling firms and alcohol companies, says the governing body’s chairman. Greg Clarke has ordered a report into whether it is appropriate to have official partnerships with gambling and betting. “The sport has a duty to consider and ask itself what is...
  • Gambling in football: ‘I’ve had to bail out players’ – Morton manager Jim Duffy

    Jim Duffy says he has had to bail out players many times during his football management career following financial problems caused by gambling. The Greenock Morton boss has previously been in charge of Falkirk, Dundee, Hibernian, Brechin City and Clyde, plus a spell as Norwich City caretaker. Duffy has...
  • Gambling: Fans group urges Scottish football review of gambling links

    Scottish football’s relationship with the gambling industry should be reviewed, according to a fans’ group. It comes in the wake of Burnley midfielder Joey Barton’s ban from football for 18 months after admitting a betting charge. The Scottish Football Supporters Association says the sport may need to “adjust its...
  • Japan parliament legalises casinos

    Japan’s parliament has passed a long-awaited law to legalise casinos. The move paves the way for casino resort developments that also include hotels and shopping centres. International gaming firms including Wynn Resorts, MGM Resorts and Caesars have expressed an interest in running businesses in Japan. Casino operators are keen...
  • The social media tipsters who win when you lose

    If you like a bet then the Euro 2016 football championships probably gives you plenty of opportunity to exercise your gambling muscle. But how do you decide which team to back? National loyalty? Research? Gut instinct? Tens of thousands of people in the UK are now turning instead to...
  • Crown casinos hit by China corruption crackdown

    A crackdown on corruption in China has prompted Australian casino operator Crown Resorts to spin off its international assets into a separate company. The new company will take over Crown’s 27.4% interest in two Macau businesses. Macau is the world’s largest gaming centre and the only place in China...
  • Gambling Catholic priest jailed for stealing £96,000

    A Catholic priest has been jailed for 10 months for stealing £96,000 from his parish in North Ayrshire to fund an online gambling habit. Fr Graeme Bell, 41, embezzled the cash from St Mary’s (Our Lady, Star of the Sea) in Saltcoats between March and May 2015 to play...
  • Betting shops are safest place to gamble

    The BBC’s Daily Politics has discussed how betting shops are the safest places to gamble in the UK. Chief Executive Malcolm George reported on the issue for the programme’s “SoapBox” feature, before debating with MP Kwasi Kwarteng and Baroness Prosser. In the film, Malcolm noted that anyone can buy...
  • Howzat? The clamour to legalise sports betting in India

    It is the last over of the cricket match, with India needing 17 runs to win against Australia In his two-bedroom house located in central Mumbai, a middle-aged man is watching the game, nervously. He’s sitting on the edge of his grey colour sofa with his mobile phone glued...
  • What happened to the new wave of ‘large’ casinos?

    A large Las Vegas-style casino opened near Birmingham last month, but what happened to Labour’s plans to create a new generation of gambling venues across the UK? It was billed as a massive expansion of Britain’s casino industry by the Blair government, but soon hit the buffers. Plans for...
  • Debate over gambling ‘controls’

    Four of Britain’s biggest bookmakers have pledged to promote responsible gambling, but campaigners say the move falls far short of what is needed. William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral and Paddy Power are restricting some advertising of games and bets. They also announced a plan to set up an extra layer...
  • ‘Bingo-for-biscuits’ Brits fined in Portugal

    Twenty-eight British and Irish expats and holiday-makers have been fined after police in Portugal caught them playing bingo for biscuits and drinks. Landlady Marianne Pittaway, from North Yorkshire, was fined 700 euros (£595) for hosting the game at The Yorkshire Tavern in Albufeira, on Friday night. Ms Pittaway, 34,...
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