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Fulham FC returns to Premier League and unveils Dafabet deal

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Fulham FC is getting ready to return to the Premiership and has now confirmed a deal with Dafabet as its new main team partner. This is a two-year record shirt sponsorship deal for the club and the new partnerships coincides with the launch of the club’s new 18/19 Adidas home and away kits. The shirts will contain the Dafabet logo displayed on the front of the playing which will worn by the First Team for the 2018/19 Premier League campaign. The deal extends to the Fulham FC Women’s team as well.

The Home Kit will be worn for the first time this Saturday (14 July) when Slaviša Jokanović’s side plays Reading in a pre-season friendly at Aldershot Town.

Besides the presence on the front of playing shirts from 2018/19, Dafabet branding will also be visible around Craven Cottage on matchdays and across the Club’s social media and digital channels. This is a huge opportunity for Dafabet to reach the Club’s domestic and international fan base.

Dimitris Karatzas, Chief Executive Officer at Dafabet, commented: “We are delighted to continue our long-lasting presence in the Premier League by partnering with a club full of heritage and tradition.  While the relationship is in the early stages, our initial discussions with the club’s officials have given me every confidence that we share the same passion for football, we’re looking forward to a fruitful and successful partnership.”

John Cruces, Head of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship at Dafabet, added: “We’re very proud to announce our partnership with Fulham Football Club who are steeped in tradition being London’s oldest club. Being one of the most recognised Asian brands it was very important to us to continue to be seen in the most watched league in club football, especially seeing more new gaming brands entering football of late.  We’ll be bringing the highest level of experience to the partnership and will engage with both the club and fans, working towards common goals. It goes without saying we look forward to forming a successful relationship, roll on the new season.”

Fulham Football Club earned a place in the Premier League, after an absence of four years, by defeating Aston Villa 1-0 in the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley last May. Pre-season preparations are firmly underway as the team gets ready for the 2018/19 Premier League opener at home against Crystal Palace on Saturday 11 August.

Casper Stylsvig, Chief Revenue Officer of Fulham FC reacted to the new partnership: “I am delighted that the Club has been able to benefit from the team’s tremendous success of last season’s promotion to the Premier League by securing a record shirt sponsorship deal. We look forward to enjoying our return to the top flight with Dafabet and working with them to continue to grow the Club’s brand globally.”

Source: sbcnews.co.uk


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Ireland to regulate video games over fears of juvenile gambling

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The Irish Government has signed an international declaration that proclaims worries about juvenile gambling in video games. A number of experts consider these video games as the gateway through which children enter the world of problem gambling.

Ireland could soon enforce a law that will put the video games in the same gambling regulation bracket as bookmakers and online poker.

Many modern video games, such as Fifa and Star Wars Battlefront, feature betting systems based around “loot boxes.” Players can pay real money for a chance to win new items or abilities for their in-game characters from these boxes.

The practice has already attracted scrutiny from gambling authorities in the US and Europe. This year Belgian authorities declared some loot box systems to be illegal gambling and compelled major game developers to remove such features in games sold in the country. It recently threatened Electronic Arts, one of the world’s biggest game developers, with criminal prosecution for failing to remove loot boxes from Fifa 19.

This week the Gambling Policy Division of the Irish Department of Justice, along with authorities from 14 other countries, signed a declaration voicing concern about video game gambling and comparing it to other forms of online gambling such as online poker.

“Our authorities are committed to the objectives of their public policies with regard to consumer protection, prevention of problem gambling and ensuring the safety of underage persons,” stated the declaration, which was signed at a meeting of the Gaming Regulators European Forum.

 

Source: Irish Times


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Ukrainian football body warns bookmakers

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The Football Federation of Ukraine (FFU) has issued a warning notice to bookmakers. The organisation has been strengthening the efforts to minimise the impact of gambling on football. FFU has so far identified 30 clubs and judges as vulnerable entities per person to match fixing.

FFU announced that it is considering a ban on the transfer of information about the U17 tournaments to bookmakers.

Previously, the FFU had already blocked the transfer of statistics to bookmakers in tournaments for players under 18 years of age. This practice led to the fact that bookmakers did not have the opportunity to offer bets on such competitions, which in turn positively affected the number of fake games in junior football leagues.

But this August it appeared that matches in the tournament in honour of V. Bannikov were offered by some betting companies for bets. In connection with this episode, FFU expressed an intention to provide the legal regulation to statistics data transfer from football tournaments to representatives of bookmakers.

If bookmakers operating in Ukraine fail to follow new rules, FFU will take measures to completely prohibit the bets on the competitions that are held under the aegis of the FFU.

 

Source: ffu.ua


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New Hampshire to launch online lottery

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The US state of New Hampshire is all set to launch its first online lottery products. The launch is scheduled later this week. When it takes place, New Hampshire will become the sixth US state to sell instant lottery online.

 “We have long viewed ourselves as a player-centric lottery,” said Charlie McIntyre, executive director of the New Hampshire Lottery. “Our focus in everything we do is how best to make our products entertaining and accessible to our customers by creating a strong and positive play experience. Launching iLottery is the critical next wave component in enhancing our players direct interaction with our games.”

To run its iLottery, New Hampshire selected NeoPollard Interactive, a turnkey online lottery solution active in several North American jurisdictions. NPI will provide the platform and manage several aspects of the NH online lottery for the state.


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