SHAMEFUL! Leaked Document Shows English Clubs Profiting From Fans’ Gambling Addiction, Check OUT

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EFL betting scandal: A shocking revelation from the Guardian has benefited EFL Championship and EFL League One teams…

EFL betting scandal: EFL Championship and EFL League One teams have capitalized on fans’ gambling addiction, according to a shocking revelation from the Guardian. Since SkyBet is the league’s sponsor, the clubs make some of the money that fans lose playing. Under the agreement, the Football League, which consists of 72 clubs outside the Premier League, were entitled to a “loss share” from fans. Follow Premier League LIVE updates on InsideSport.IN.

If you’re not sure how this works, let’s understand how it works.

  • Fans play to see a specific club win or lose in the EFL Championship, EFL League One and EFL League Two.
  • If they lose the bet, the betting company or SkyBet makes the money.
  • But in this case there are affiliates on behalf of the clubs that encourage fans to play.
  • The affiliates share in the fans’ losses.

EFL betting scandal: ‘You lose, we benefit’, LAKED doc shows English clubs profiting from fans’ gambling addiction, Check Details

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What does the internal document say? – The club earns 100% of the EFL Digital Share of Losses from accounts registered in your club name through our affiliate partnership with SkyBet.

The document was part of Accrington Stanley FC’s League One bank statement. The document shows revenue generated by EFL Digital, part of EFL.

What is the problem? Although many clubs have sponsorship agreements with betting companies, this raises a moral issue rather than a business one. Should clubs capitalize on fans’ losses and push them to play more? That’s the question fans are asking.

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EFL betting scandal: ‘You lose, we benefit’, English clubs accused of profiting from fans’ gambling addiction in AMAZING report, Check Details

However, according to the report, the arrangement was scrapped ahead of the 2019-20 season. The research found that at least one league T20 club has made $5,500 from such a betting authority. With that in mind, the amount could be larger, going into the thousands if not millions, especially for larger clubs.

While the agreement has been scrapped, some clubs will continue to receive the cut money due to legacy contracts until the 2023/24 season.

What does EFL say? The EFL said in a statement during the contract renewal with SkyBet the affiliate program had been removed.

“As the EFL and SkyBet renewed their long-standing partnership for the 2019-20 season, we placed a greater focus on putting safer gaming at the heart of the agreement. As a result, the previous affiliate program was discontinued.

“While some clubs will receive revenue from old sign-ups that took place prior to the new agreement, the existing affiliate program has been discontinued and all sign-up links through EFL Digital channels have been removed.”

SKyBet said its focus is on safer gaming and responsible fan engagement.

“With a clear focus on safer gaming and responsible fan engagement, we are committed to safer gaming. For example, being the first operator to introduce strict restrictions on under-25s – and supporting evidence-based measures being introduced as part of the forthcoming review of the Gambling Act.” said the company.

EFL betting scandal: ‘You lose, we benefit’, English clubs accused of profiting from fans’ gambling addiction in AMAZING report, Check Details

EFL betting scandal: SkyBet EFL Championship, EFL League One clubs accused of profiting from fans' gambling addiction, Premier League LIVE

Backlash among UK fans: The stunning reveal didn’t go down well with fans. They feel “cheated” that clubs would benefit from gambling addiction. Some also found it disgusting. There, fan groups are also calling for a complete reform of UK gambling laws so that such incidents never happen again.

The detection of affiliate deals in soccer is a game changer in the fight against sponsorship of gambling in soccer. Nobody should accept that this is normal or safe.” James Grimes, an activist working to end gambling sponsorship in football, told the Guardian.

Are Premier League clubs involved? During the investigation, only Crystal Palace, Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United responded. All of these four clubs denied any involvement in such affiliate programs. But the rest either didn’t respond or declined to comment.

EFL betting scandal: ‘You lose, we benefit’, English clubs accused of profiting from fans’ gambling addiction in AMAZING report, Check Details

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