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Camelot CEO Nigel Railton has been criticised after he said it could take up to a year for the UK National Lottery operator to impose a nationwide under-18s ban on playing its products.
The Government is to bring forward to early next year legislation that will raise the minimum age for all lottery draws, scratchcards and interactive instant-win games to 18.
Railton told MPs it would take up to 12 months to change all point-of-sale signage but did emphasise that the National Lottery operator was seeking ways to speed up the process.
These claims were dismissed by MPs, however, with Railton’s comments branded as ‘wholly unacceptable’ and ‘farcical’.
The Swedish government is to step up its battle against unlicensed play and match fixing with a new investigation.
The inquiry aims to identify obstacles and propose solutions to enable the more effective supervision of illegal gambling.
Gunnar Larsson, director general of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, will lead the investigation into issues raised by the Swedish Gambling Authority.
Kindred Group has donated its shirt sponsorship of Middlesbrough FC to the club’s Foundation as part of a new agreement with the Championship club to strengthen its links with community initiatives.
The new deal means that Kindred will offer the MFC Foundation its shirt sponsorship for one game per season. Players will also wear Foundation-branded t-shirts during pre-match warm-ups for three games during the campaign.
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