Fulham: club’s game sponsor makes nearly half of supporters uncomfortable
What did the investigation find?
The annual survey was conducted by the Fulham Supporters Trust, an independent group of Fulham fans. A total of 1,398 fans attended, 72 percent of which were subscription holders or trust members.
He found that a significant number of supporters feared that the club’s main sponsor was a gambling company. Fulham announced a two-year deal with BetVictor in September, and the company logo is now featured on men’s and women’s team jerseys as well as all adult replicas.
They are one of eight Premier League clubs with gaming companies on their shirts, joining Burnley, Crystal Palace, Leeds United, Newcastle United, Southampton, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
In the survey, 46% of participants were uncomfortable with Fulham’s main sponsorship deal, 22% refused to purchase the new kit as a result, and 47% said they would support the total ban on sponsorship of games of chance in football. In contrast, 36 percent said they would like game sponsors to stay in the game.
Why is this important?
The results of the investigation were announced ahead of the Premier League shareholders meeting next Thursday. It is understood that club leaders will discuss the future of premium gambling sponsorship, following the UK government’s review of the Gambling Act.
The call for evidence of the review will end on March 31, with reports suggesting that a blanket ban on sponsorship of gaming shirts could be considered.
What else did the investigation find?
Tellingly, the investigation also found that the inability to attend football matches had a detrimental effect on the mental health of supporters.
He revealed that 48% of supporters had suffered a negative impact from not being able to attend matches, with the age groups most affected being the youngest. Among people aged 19 to 25, it found that 46.5% experienced an adverse reaction, along with 43.6% of those under the age of 18.
Separately, the survey also found that charging £ 15 to watch pay-per-view games pushed fans to use illegal streams, with just 5% happy to pay the fee and 31% admitting to watching the matches via a stream. illegal free.
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