English Premier League club faces criticism over gambling firm sponsorship

English Premier League club faces criticism over gambling firm sponsorship

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  • Matt Woosnam, The Athletic
June 13, 2024 6:11 PM
  • Matt Woosnam, The Athletic

Crystal Palace have faced criticism after signing a front-of-shirt sponsorship deal with gambling firm Net88.

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Palace announced they had signed a “record” two-year contract with the Vietnamese company on Wednesday, whose logo will appear on Palace’s kit for 2024-25 as well as training attire, but Net88 had only a minimal online presence until this week.

It is an example of a white-label gambling firm which is operated by someone other than the brand owner — in this case, London-registered Risq Capital, which is regulated by the UK Gambling Authority.

When accessed from the UK, Net88’s website carries a message saying: “We are working on building a brand new betting experience.”