Dutch regulator takes action over illegal gambling ads at World Cup

The Dutch gambling regulator, Kansspelautoriteit (Ksa), once again brought together several providers regarding illegal advertising during the World Cup.

“In the past week, a number of providers of games of chance were again called to account for the prohibited use of role models in advertising or sponsorship,” the regulator said.

“The name or logo of a gambling company cannot be in the same communication as the image, voice, or name of a role model. 

“This also applies to sponsoring an event or TV program. These providers have been summoned to stop the violation and have complied.”

Ksa also added: “A local café where bets were organized on the matches of the Dutch national team also had to deal with the Ksa. This form of betting is an illegal game of chance, and that is not allowed. The café immediately stopped offering the bets.”

The regulator noted this is not permitted “to prevent impulsive behavior among viewers of those matches.”

Last week Ksa also warned two operators for offering bets on the number of yellow cards in football matches. 

Dutch law prohibits betting on certain game events as they are considered sensitive to match-fixing. 

The ongoing World Cup in Qatar is one of the main sports tournaments and draws a lot of attention. Since the beginning of the tournament, the regulator has issued 14 warnings in total.

The Dutch regulator also warned that if violations continue, they could take measures to tighten industry regulation. 

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