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Ukrainian footballer in disrepute over gambling advertisements

Ukrainian footballer in disrepute over gambling advertisements

In England, there are strict rules on online gambling. It is therefore forbidden for professional footballers to promote gambling activities.


The Ukrainian footballer Andriy Yarmolenko did not abide by this rule and may face a penalty from the FA. The player of West Ham United must respond within a period of 14 days and answer to the English Football Association, reported

Rules in the Netherlands

The Dutch Kansspelautoriteit (Ksa) enforces regulations regarding online gambling and the promotion of gambling companies. A professional sportsman may not promote gambling activities, this also applies to professional soccer players. During the last European Football Championship an advertising campaign of De Staatsloterij had to be stopped.

The advertisements featured internationals Denzel Dumfries and Davy Klaassen. Incidentally, it is possible for gambling companies to conclude a sponsorship deal with a paid soccer club. The legal gaming provider recently announced that it had entered into a partnership with both AZ and Vitesse.

Potential for match-fixing in the Premier League

The English soccer league has often been in the spotlight in the past when it comes to gambling activities. The Football Association recently opened an investigation into the footballer Granit Xhaka. The midfielder of Arsenal FC is said to have received a conspicuous card in the match against Leeds United.


The London club was at a comfortable 1-4 lead, but despite this Xhaka decided to stall. This earned him a yellow card. A bookmaker decided shortly afterwards to make a report, as considerable sums of £52,000 would have been bet on a yellow card for the midfielder. The bet was made around the 80th minute of the match. The winner received over 300,000 pounds on the playing account.