As we move into August and leave behind the hottest July on record in the UK, here at Compare Betting Sites we take a looking at the betting news stories that you may have missed.
Paddy Power: #SaveOurShirt Campaign
Popular Irish bookmaker, Paddy Power, were on the receiving end of widespread criticism early in July after agreeing a deal to become the main sponsors of Huddersfield Town Football Club. The Sky Bet Championship outfit agreed a new sponsorship deal that would see the Paddy Power logo dominate the front of their shirts during the 2019/20 football season. The large, diagonal, sash-style branding, not too dissimilar to that seen at beauty pageants, was condemned by football fans everywhere and in an apparent breach of advertising regulations, Huddersfield Town were contacted by the Football Association.
However, as it turned out, the over-the-top branding was nothing more than a publicity stunt to help launch Paddy Power’s ‘Save Our Shirt’ campaign. In stark contrast to the huge logo initially displayed on the Huddersfield Town shirts, Paddy Power confirmed they’d remove their branding from the kit completely, effectively sponsoring Huddersfield Town by un-sponsoring them!
Since the launch of their Save Our Shirt campaign, several other clubs have followed with the likes of Newport County, Southend United, Macclesfield Town and Scottish Premiership side, Motherwell, removing all branding from their 2019/20 kits as part of a new link-up with Paddy Power.
Paddy Power’s brand marketing director, Michelle Spillane, explained, “The response to the campaign has been phenomenal and we are delighted to be launching the next phase of our campaign and hope it inspires others to join our quest to give a clean shirt back to the fans.”
Love Island bet costs punter a small fortune
Featuring everything from Anthony Joshua’s shock loss to 25/1 underdog, Andy Ruiz Jnr, to England’s first ever Cricket World Cup win, this summer has been an unforgettable one for sports fans anywhere. However, one unfortunate punter will still be coming to terms with the unfortunate near-miss he experienced with an incredible eight-fold accumulator bet.
With seven selections in the £102 accumulator bet successfully over the line, the Sky Bet customer was banking on 10/11 favourites, Tommy Fury and Molly-Mae Hague, to win the 2019 edition of reality TV show, Love Island.
Unfortunately, Greg O’Shea and Amber Gill were to be crowned this year’s winners, costing the unlucky punter a whopping £10,760.
Here’s the seven successful predictions in the amazing eight-fold in full:
INDIA @ 1/6
Bangladesh vs India – Match Winner
ENABLE @ 6/5
Coral Eclipse – Race Winner
USA @ 4/5
Women’s World Cup – Outright Winner
BRAZIL @ 8/11
Copa America – Outright Winner
MEXICO @ 8/11
Gold Cup – Outright Winner
LEWIS HAMILTON @ 10/11
British Grand Prix – Race Winner
NOVAK DJOKOVIC @ 11/10
Wimbledon Men’s Singles – Outright Winner
Ladbrokes Coral Group fined
Betting giants, Ladbrokes Coral, has been handed a fine of £5.9m for what has been described by the Gambling Commission as a failure to put effective safeguards in place to "prevent consumers suffering gambling harm".
Between November 2014 and October 2017, it was claimed that the firm failed to carry out ‘social responsibility interactions.’ One Coral customer is alleged to have spent £1.5m over three years, including a loss of £64,000 in just four weeks. Meanwhile, a Ladbrokes customer has lost £98,000 despite asking the company to stop sending promotions.
A Statement from GVC Holdings, the owners of Ladbrokes Coral since March 2018, claimed that the firm "acknowledges and regrets" that certain legacy systems and processes previously in place at Ladbrokes and Coral "did not adequately meet the regulatory requirements".
In a move to reassure new and existing Ladbrokes and Coral customers, GVC chief executive, Kenneth Alexander, explained, “These historical failings were unacceptable and since the acquisition, I have overseen a systematic review of the enlarged group's player protection procedures and the individuals responsible for these problems have exited the business. I am confident that we now have in place a robust and industry-leading approach to player protection.
In addition to Ladbrokes Coral, gambling giants, GVC also own bwin, Crystalbet, Eurobet, Neds and Sportingbet. Their portfolio also includes games brands iCasinoClub, Foxy Bingo, Gala, Gioco Digitale, partypoker and PartyCasino.
Daniel Sturridge breaches FA’s gambling rules
England international, Daniel Sturridge, has landed himself in hot water with the FA after an alleged breach of its gambling rules. The Liverpool forward has been handed a £75,000 fine and six-week ban after the culmination of an investigation first lunch in November 2018.
Although Sturridge continues to plead his innocence, an FA statement confirmed the 29-year old has been accused of passing on “information relating to football which the participant obtained by virtue of his or her position.”
Sturridge, signed on a six-month loan deal with West Bromwich Albion in January 2018 but prior to his move to The Hawthorns he had been linked with a move to Spanish giants, Sevilla. It was this proposed move that saw Sturridge allegedly breach the FA rules.
The Football Association’s statement explained, “Mr Sturridge had instructed his brother, Leon, to bet on a possible move by him (Daniel) to Sevilla FC. In issuing that instruction, the Regulatory Commission found that, as a matter of fact, Mr Sturridge had provided his brother with inside information for that purpose.”
With four weeks of his ban suspended until August 2020, Sturridge resumed pre-season training at him club on August 1st.
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