ChristenUnie councilor not happy with gambling sponsorship at PEC Zwolle

ChristenUnie councilor not happy with gambling sponsorship at PEC Zwolle

In the Netherlands, not everyone is equally pleased with the opening of the online gaming market

Since the opening of the online gaming market in the Netherlands, there has been much criticism of advertisements by gambling companies. This time, there is criticism of the gambling sponsorship at soccer club PEC Zwolle, which has dealt with online casinos BetCity.nl and bet365. ChristenUnie councilor Jolien Elshof-Rook is not happy about this, just like some supporters.

In the Netherlands, not everyone is equally pleased with the opening of the online gaming market. Especially a large number of gambling advertisements have been a topic of discussion for months and politicians would rather see a ban on gambling advertisements today than tomorrow. Minister Franc Weerwind was asked this week to hurry up with the ban, although there is a reasonable chance that sponsorship will fall by the wayside.

The Kansspelautoriteit also intervened this week in the advertising policy of the legal online casinos in the Netherlands. The regulator has even given three online casinos an official warning.

Today it is the turn of soccer club PEC Zwolle, which has dealt with BetCity.nl and bet365.

Gambling sponsorship PEC Zwolle

In the Netherlands, soccer clubs eagerly awaited the opening of the online gaming market. This meant that they could conclude sponsorship deals with the legal online casinos and cricket betting resources, such as https://onlinecricket.bet, thus ensuring themselves of large sums of money. Recently, Vitesse entered into a partnership with the online casino BetCity.nl.

Gambling sponsorship PEC Zwolle

At PEC Zwolle's last game, at home against Fortuna Sittard, gambling advertisements could be seen on the boarding and on several large boards. These were advertisements for BetCity.nl and bet365.

ChristenUnie councilor Jolien Elshof-Rook is not happy about this, reports De Stentor.

"I was very surprised when I heard about the sponsorship. This is very undesirable. In the stadium, many young people come. A soccer club has an exemplary function. It is not good to show gambling advertisements and thus contribute to the acceptance of gambling. The online gambling market is not supervised at all. Years ago we were not in favor of a gambling hall in the stadium of PEC, but at least there is control and an age limit."

Jolen Elshof-Rook, councilor for the Christian Union
Elshof-Rook has now posed questions to the board of mayors and aldermen of Zwolle. Among other things, she points to the municipality's guarantee for the Overijssel soccer club:

"Up to and including 2020 we have helped the club by guaranteeing an amount. One condition was that the club would commit itself socially. The guarantee has just expired, and the club is now tempting young people to gamble. A soccer club should not want this. I know people in my surroundings who are addicted to gambling, and that is really not healthy. It can cause huge debts."

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