Newcastle United have been hit with a charge from the FA after the U-18 side breached kit regulations after wearing a shirt revealing club sponsor and betting company Fun88.
As a result, the club have been handed 7 days to respond to the FA charge – and could be fined if they are proven guilty (It’s almost certain we will be given there’s photographic evidence to show the team wearing shirts containing the Fun88 sponsor).
Here’s the statement released by both the club and the FA in light of the recent charge:
“ Newcastle United have been charged for their Under-18s team wearing football shirts bearing the logo of a betting company, in breach of the FA’s kit and advertising regulations.
“The club have until 6pm on 27 March 2018 to respond to the charge.”
To some this may seem over the top and all too innocuous to warrant a fine, however this is something that has been taken seriously by the FA, being a new rule put in place to ‘protect’ youth players in football today.
Labours deputy leader Tom Watson recently stated that betting companies had a part to play in the ‘hidden epidemic of gambling addiction’ in the UK, with him pushing for these to be removed from kits at youth level:
“Football has to play its part in tackling Britain’s hidden epidemic of gambling addiction. Shirt sponsorship sends out a message that football clubs don’t take problem gambling among their own fans seriously enough.
“It puts gambling brands in front of fans of all ages, not just at matches but on broadcasts and highlights packages on both commercial television and the BBC.
“Clubs have a corporate social responsibility to their fans not to promote harmful products – as the Football Association recognised this summer when it terminated its sponsorship deal with a betting company.
“With new evidence showing gambling addiction rising, at a huge cost to individuals and their families, to society and to the taxpayer, the clubs should follow the FA’s lead.”
As stated below, it’s a small error but a silly one to make.
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) March 20, 2018