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The Scottish Professional Football League has failed to comply with the newly proposed ban of gambling sponsorship on the front of their matchday shirts. The ban on withdrawing gambling sponsorship on the football jersey was passed recently and is expected to be effective by the end of the 2025-26 season.
The SPFL spokesperson said: “For many SPFL clubs, sponsorship from gambling companies is a significant source of income which helps to support their business models and enables investment in many of the important community activities which clubs undertake.
“Individual sponsorships are a matter for each club, and there are no plans for a league-wide prescription of such deals.”
At the moment, three Scottish Premiership clubs have sponsorship deals as follows:
- Celtic – Dafabet
- Rangers – 32Red
- Unibet & Dundee United – QuinnCasino
Former First Minister, Henry McLeish, said: “I am disappointed at the SPFL’s response because it seems to be not tenable to argue that it is a matter for the clubs when indeed, as an association, they look after the general interests of football.
“I think we’re in a position in Scotland where, forgive the pun, it’s a match made in hell.
“Because, quite frankly, the SPFL is desperate for money, and of course, the gambling industry is desperate for advertising.”