Spanish Minister Condemns Flouting Of Sports Sponsorship Ban

  • Spanish clubs seek income amid coronavirus pain
  • Minister says short grace period will be allowed

Spain's minister of consumer affairs has sharply criticised La Liga football clubs for signing or extending existing gambling sponsorships even though such deals are due to be banned from October.

The disapproval sets up a conflict between minister Alberto Garzón and the clubs, which are hurting for income following pandemic-linked game suspensions and matches played without spectators.

The ban would cost La Liga teams about €80m and the media around €150m, according to Spanish media estimates.

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