Former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton says playing promoting in soccer “needs to change” as a result of soccer shirts are a “backdoor way” of exposing children to the trade.
Shilton, England’s most capped participant, had a 45-year playing dependancy.
On Tuesday, he joined campaigners handing in a 12,000-strong petition to 10 Downing Street calling for an finish to playing sponsorship in soccer.
“This government needs to do something about it,” Shilton informed BBC Sport.
The 71-year-old additionally delivered a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson as he feels the problem is “very close to my heart” and has written a guide together with his spouse Steph about how he overcame his dependancy and has been gamble-free for over six years.
“The law needs to change,” Shilton stated. “If they don’t a lot of people like myself and others who have lost loved ones through suicide will be bitterly disappointed.
“We get an increasing number of letters about how a lot playing retains cropping up on TV or gamblers who’ve stop getting pop-up adverts. It must be regulated and this authorities must do one thing about it.”
The government is reviewing changes to the 2005 Gambling Act, and plans to publish its findings and proposals by the end of the year.
A Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) spokesperson said: “We are completely dedicated to defending folks vulnerable to gambling-related hurt.”
They added that the DCMS would guarantee new legal guidelines “are match for the digital age, together with advertising and promoting”.
Shilton was joined by co-founders of Gambling with Lives, Charles and Liz Ritchie, whose son Jack took his own life in 2017 after struggling with gambling addiction.
“Jack is with us each time we do one thing like this,” Charles Ritchie said. “We know he would need this transformation. He liked soccer and he would see the harm that soccer is doing to his friends.”
The government said that it had already received 16,000 responses to its call for evidence and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has offered to meet Gambling with Lives “to make sure their voices are heard”.
English Football League chairman Rick Parry says a gambling sponsorship ban could cost clubs £40m a year and some clubs could go under.
He also said the EFL commissioned research suggesting there is “no proof” advertising increases the number of problem gamblers, of which there are 245,000 in England according to a 2018 study by NHS Digital.
But Shilton stated: “If you could have a enterprise mannequin and you’re reliant on cash from playing corporations then there’s one thing fallacious. There are a whole lot of golf equipment who do not promote playing and so they appear to outlive.
“Under the surface there are a lot more people affected by gambling than we know.
“I finished six-and-a-half years in the past, and I wish to get that message over to folks you can cease with the precise assist.”
A Betting and Gaming Council spokesperson said a whistle-to-whistle ban on TV betting commercials during live sport before the 9pm watershed “has led to a 97 per cent discount within the quantity of such adverts seen by kids at the moment”.
It also said gambling adverts in Euro 2020 fell by more than a half compared to the 2018 world Cup while “a minimum of 20 p.c of our members’ TV and radio promoting can also be safer playing messages”.