The Italian Government has been criticised by football clubs after announcing a ban on betting advertisments.
“I think this is an industry that has become a bit too big,” said deputy premier Luigi Di Maio said in a press conference.
Despite criticism from the betting industry and sports teams which rely heavily on sponsorship, the Italian government announced the news after a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.
Chief executive of Serie AÂ team Bologna, Claudio Fenucci, denounced the news calling the government’s move “crazy”, noting that betting advertisements brings football clubs a revenue of 100 million euros (116 million dollars).
“The only result […] will be to humiliate Italian [football] fans, whose teams will have less money at their disposal,” Deborah Bergamini of the opposition Forza Italia party said.