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Gambling ads allowed in afternoon a scandal, says Drury

Former Paddy Power chair wants ban on betting ads in sport

Former Paddy Power chair wants ban on betting ads in sport
Fintan Drury, former chair of Paddy Power, said there is a “massive job of work to be done in terms of taking betting companies out of sport”.
United Kingdom | 11/06/2017

Fintan Drury, ex chair of Paddy Power, claims betting companies “should be taken out of sport sponsorship” to help reduce problem gambling.

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uring a Dublin conference last week, Drury said that the fact that gambling firms are allowed to promote their products and services on television is a “scandal”.

He also stated that there is “massive job of work to be done in terms of taking betting companies out of sport”.

According to the Irish Times, Drury said, “It won’t come from the politicians because there’s too much tax revenues at stake and it actually has to come from grassroots.

“It’s not going to be easy; they’ve already failed to do it with regard to booze.

“So if we could get them mobilized from the grassroots, I believe that’s the only way we can get things to change

“It is a scandal that we have a situation where broadcasters are allowed to promote gambling companies during the afternoons before the watershed that applies to booze.”

The UK government revealed last week it is to undertake a 12-week consultation into the UK gambling market.

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