The Football Association, English Soccer's regulating human anatomy, has severed its sponsorship that is four-year deal Ladbrokes after only 1 season.
The FA announced on Thursday so it would be not just cutting short Ladbrokes, worth to its deal some £4 million ($5 million) per year, but additionally are banning all commercial sponsorship deals between betting companies and the FA now and in the future.
Ladbrokes will no longer be the official bookie of the FA, as English soccer's governing body reassesses popular betting shops to its relationship.
The relationship between the FA and gambling has come under increased scrutiny, as a result of a few player that is high-profile scandals. The attention comes at time when English soccer gets more included with betting businesses. (Currently 50 percent of Premier League teams have bookmaker or other gambling operations as their sponsor that is uniform.
Of late, Burnley player Joey Barton was handed a 18-month suspension after he admitted to placing 1,260 bets on soccer matches since 2004. At 34-years-old, the midfielder says the ban on all activities related to soccer will effectively end his career.
Barton publicly criticized the FA on social media for failing to acknowledge its clear conflict of interest in regards to gambling.
'In the event that FA is certainly seriously interested in tackling the culture of gambling in football, it needs to check at i