Emeritus Professor of Clinical & Community Psychology, Jim Orford, has released concerns about the growing number of football clubs with betting firms and online casions on their shirts, and believe a national debate on potential harm is overdue. 

Nearly 60 per cent of the clubs in England’s top two divisions will have gambling companies on their shirts this season – nine of 20 in the Premier League and a remarkable 17 of 24 in the Championship.

Professor Orford said "There is evidence that gambling is becoming ever more normalised, particularly among young people, so that increasingly betting is seen as part and parcel of following and supporting one’s favourite sport or team.”
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